Vanderbilt Medical recalls 8,000 unsafe total solar eclipse glasses given out last weekend


Vanderbilt University Medical Center recalled thousands of eclipse glasses Wednesday that it handed out at the Williamson County Fair over the weekend.

VUMC got the glasses from a local vendor and said they do not safety standards for proper eclipse viewing. The glasses being recalled have white paper frames and the Vanderbilt Health logos on them.

Anyone with the unsafe glasses can contact VUMC for a replacement at 615-322-4747.

VUMC said it chose to recall the white glasses because the vendor could not verify it made the glasses, which were sold to them as safety-tested.

It bought a new supply of glasses directly from American Paper Optics, a Tennessee, manufacturer listed by NASA and the American Astronomical Society as a reputable dealer of eclipse-viewing glasses.

VUMC said the glasses being recalled are different from the Vanderbilt Eye Institute solar glasses, which are safe to use.

People with unsafe glasses can exchange them for a new pair at Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinic locations beginning at noon Thursday through 10 a.m. on Monday morning, Aug. 21.

Locations for exchange:

  • Brentwood: 134 Pewitt Drive, Suite 200
  • Cool Springs: 1834 McEwen Drive
  • Franklin: 919 Murfreesboro Road (Hwy. 96)
  • Belle Meade: 4534 Harding Pike
  • Spring Hill: 1003 Reserve Blvd., Suite 110
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