Vanderbilt University Medical Center recalls 8k solar eclipse glasses

Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued a recall Aug. 17 for 8,000 pairs of solar eclipse viewing glasses the facility distributed last weekend at a county fair.

VUMC officials reportedly determined the glasses "may not meet the highest safety standards and should not be used to view the eclipse." The glasses have a solid white paper frame and include the Vanderbilt Health logo on both temples of the frames.

VUMC initially purchased 15,000 recalled glasses through a third-party vendor and included documentation they were tested and deemed safe for viewing. However, the glasses manufacturer was reportedly "unable to verify it had produced the glasses."

VUMC purchased a new supply of glasses from a manufacturer approved by NASA and the American Astronomical Society. Individuals who received the recalled glasses may exchange them for a new pair at various Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic locations beginning Aug. 17 at noon through 10 a.m. Aug. 21, or until supplies run out.

For more information about the recall, click here.

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