Columbia will be home to the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast Monday, Aug. 21. Residents and visitors will be drawn to view this rare celestial event. More than a million people in South Carolina potentially could view the total solar eclipse. Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology wants to encourage community members to protect their vision if viewing the total solar eclipse. Physicians want everyone who will witness this celestial event to do so safely.
“Taking precautions is necessary because watching the eclipse without proper eye protection can have long-term harmful effects on your eyes,” said Mark Robinson, M.D., Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology. “Looking directly at the sun can be very harmful to the eyes under any circumstances but especially during the eclipse.”
Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology offers the following tips to help you and your family experience it as safely as possible:
For more information about Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology, visit their website at phuscmg.org