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If you bought a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses to watch the rare event on Monday, Aug. 21 you better check your receipts, because Amazon is recalling and refunding several eclipse glasses sold on its site after concern was raised that they might not be from reliable manufacturers and consequently may not be safe to use, according to an NBC News affiliate.

Looking at the event with the right eye protection or glasses is imperative if you want to view the eclipse, since looking directly at the eclipse can cause eye damage.

How do you know if you’ve got a good pair? According to the American Astronomical Society, the only way to be sure you have a safe pair of glasses — i.e., glasses that have lenses designed to prevent visible as well as ultraviolet light from passing through — is if you know you got them from any of these manufacturers. If your glasses came from anywhere else, Amazon is recommending “out of an abundance of caution” that you return them and get a refund.

This is what Amazon said:

“Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of our customers, we asked third-party sellers that were offering solar eclipse glasses to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with relevant safety standards. The offers from sellers who provided this safety documentation remain available to customers. The listings from sellers who did not provide the appropriate documentation have been removed and customers who purchased from them were notified last week. Customers can contact Amazon customer service with any questions or concerns.”

Got a dud pair of specs and worried you won’t be able to see the epic astronomical phenomenon? You can always make your own viewing device from a cereal box! Get the easy instructions here from NASA.

How do you plan on viewing the eclipse? Tell us in the comments below.