Local Eye Clinics to Give Free, Safe Eclipse Glasses

From:  News Release   8/18/17   GCN
BILOXI, Miss. — Watchers of next Monday’s eclipse may pick up free, verified safe eclipse glasses on Friday.

Only three U.S. companies make IS0-approved eclipse glasses verified safe by NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Eye Associates of the South will give away 300 pairs of those glasses to the public this Friday (Aug. 18).

The local ophthalmology practice purchased its glasses directly from one of the three approved firms, American Paper Optics (APO); the other two are Thousand Oaks Optical and Rainbow Symphony. Unsafe, counterfeit eclipse glasses also being sold in the U.S., according to NASA and the AAS.

The total eclipse will block about 75 percent of the sun from a Mississippi Gulf Coast viewpoint, which will peak at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to TimeAndDate.com. A total blackout will appear in a line across the central United States, with the blackout area closest to Mississippi in central Tennessee.

 Eye Associates of the South will hand out the paper eclipse glasses at all three of its clinics in Biloxi, Ocean Springs and Gulfport, while supplies last Friday. Hours are:
            * BILOXI CLINIC at 1720A Medical Park Drive, Suite 330 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
            * OCEAN SPRINGS CLINIC at 6616 Washington Ave., Suite A – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
            * GULFPORT CLINIC at 15277 Creosote Road – 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Even with approved glasses, never watch eclipses with binoculars, telescopes, mirrors, cameras, or using zoom focus. They can intensify the sun’s rays, Eye Associates of the South ophthalmologist Rainna Bahaudur. M.D., warned. Viewing the eclipse unsafely can cause severe retinal damage and cause serious or permanent vision loss, she said.

For directions to Eye Associates of the South’s clinics, visit their website at www.2020view.com. For an eye appointment, call (228) 396-5185.