Tidelands Health offers free solar eclipse viewing glasses to some area residents


Tidelands Health is offering free solar eclipse viewing glasses to some area residents ahead of the total solar eclipse this August.

Meteorologists and astronomers say, on August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse where, for a short time, the sun disappears behind the moon.

This is the first total solar eclipse to happen coast-to-coast over the U.S. since 1918, and the first total solar eclipse to happen anywhere over the lower 48 since 1979.

The path of totality--where the sun will completely disappear behind the moon for a time, will stretch across 14 states, including parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

In an attempt to protect the sensitive eyes of those who might be staring toward the sun in hopes of glimpsing the eclipse along the Grand Strand and in the Lowcountry, Tidelands Health is offering special viewing glasses.

According to the Tidelands Health website, the glasses will be available to residents of Georgetown and Horry counties.

The glasses are manufactured by Rainbow Symphony, which has certified that the glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for safety.

Residents can request up to four pairs of the viewing glasses for their personal use. Resale of glasses is prohibited.

Tidelands Health officials are asking that residents only request the number of glasses they and their family will need, as supplies will be limited.

To get a pair of viewing glasses, simply fill our the request form on the Tidelands Health website.

The deadline to request glasses is July 31. Those who request glasses will receive them in the mail in early August ahead of the eclipse.

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