Self Regional Healthcare recalls eclipse glasses, Are your glasses safe?
Self Regional Healthcare is recalling eclipse glasses that were distributed to employees.
A spokesperson for Self said they cannot verify the safety of 5,000 pairs of glasses they obtained and, out of an abundance of caution, are advising they not be used. Approximately 1,500 of them had already been given out to staff, the healthcare system said.
A spokesperson said as of Friday at 5 p.m., they had collected 750 of the 1,500.
“Because we could not verify with certainty that the glasses we received were safe to use, we felt that, out of an abundance of caution, we should recall them, and advise that they not be used,” said Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer William Keith Sr. “Most of the glasses were still in their shipping boxes, but a few hundred had already been given to team members. We sent an internal notice indicating that those glasses should not be used and should be returned to Self Regional Administration offices immediately.”
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“Ordinary sunglasses (or multiple pairs of sunglasses), neutral density or polarizing filters (such as those made for camera lenses), smoked glass, photographic or X-ray film (unexposed, exposed, or developed), “space blankets,” potato-chip bags, DVDs, and any other materials you may have heard about for solar viewing are not safe. In some cases these homemade filters may seem like they dim the Sun to a comfortable level, but that doesn’t mean they do so across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. While you’re enjoying a “comfortable” view of the “dim” Sun, solar infrared radiation could be cooking your retinas. And you wouldn’t know till later, because your retinas don’t have pain receptors. Only after the eclipse, when you notice blind spots or other vision problems, would you realize you’d made a catastrophic mistake.”