This summer’s solar eclipse is the perfect example of the need to pay attention to what you are purchasing. Defective products can permanently damage your eyes.
Many personal injuries from product malfunctions are completely unavoidable. One cannot foresee that an airbag will not deploy properly or that a medication may have dangerous side effects. However, we can all strive to be aware of problems that may arise from purchasing products without doing the appropriate research.
This summer’s solar eclipse is the perfect example of the need to pay attention to what you are purchasing. It is common knowledge that one needs to wear protective eclipse glasses or use proper filters to prevent damage to the eyes while viewing an eclipse, but how many of us know what to look for in purchasing these items? As is always the case, there are unscrupulous vendors looking to “make a buck” from uninformed buyers. The consequences of buying knock-off eclipse glasses could be devastating as it only takes only a very short time to cause temporary or permanent damage to the retinas if proper lenses are not used. This damage is amplified if telescopes, binoculars or cameras are used without proper protection. [Read more…]