Where to get safety glasses for August total eclipse - FOX Carolina 21

Where to get safety glasses for August total eclipse

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Children view eclipse with filtered glasses (Source: Associated Press) Children view eclipse with filtered glasses (Source: Associated Press)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Millions of people are expected to watch as a rare total eclipse crosses the United States on Aug. 21. Make sure before you turn your eyes to the sky, you have the right safety gear!

The Greenville Health System is just one of many organizations in the health field stressing the importance of eye protection for the eclipse.

“When unprotected eyes look at the sun for more than just a glimpse, the intense visible light and focused infrared radiation can damage, or even destroy, light-sensitive rod and cone cells inside of the retina or leave permanent scarring,” said Grant Brown, a master optician with the GHS Eye Institute. 

To help keep the public safe, the GHS Eye Institute is giving out free filters for eclipse viewers. The facility ran out due to the high demand but received a new shipment on Thursday.

To obtain a free pair of eclipse filters, visit the GHS Eye Institute practices on Simpson Street in Greenville, Fleetwood Drive in Easley, or Pine Street in Spartanburg.

Upstate libraries are also hosting free eclipse events with complimentary pairs of viewing glasses. Below are events being held at libraries in the area on Aug. 21:

Clemson University will host a viewing party on campus for the eclipse and said eclipse-viewing glasses will be distributed at various locations on campus. Click here for more details.

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