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Published on June 28, 2017

Tidelands Health launches #seeitsafely campaign for Aug. 21 eclipse, offers free eclipse glass to local families

On Aug. 21, the United States will be treated to one of nature’s most spectacular sights - a solar eclipse.

It will be an historic event for the entire nation and the Tidelands region, parts of which will be in the “path of totality,” where the sun is fully hidden behind the moon.

Eye protection during an eclipse is crucial because looking directly at the sun can cause serious eye damage, even blindness. That’s why Tidelands Health is giving away free eclipse glasses to families in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties as part of the health system’s #seeitsafely eclipse campaign.

The campaign offers a wide variety of useful resources for the eclipse including safety tips, access to an interactive map, snack tips and even an eclipse-related music playlist. The information is being distributed through the health system’s website at tidelandshealth.org, as well as social media, advertising and other venues.

“A solar eclipse like the one we’ll experience on Aug. 21 is an event nobody wants to miss,” said Amy Stevens, vice president of marketing and communications for Tidelands Health. “And while it will be a lot of fun, it’s important to take proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.

“At Tidelands Health, it’s our mission to help people live better lives through better health. Providing these glasses to our community is one way we can do that.”

The only time it’s safe to look directly into the sun is during the brief, one- to two-minute period of eclipse “totality,” when the sun is completely hidden behind the moon, according to Dr. Douglas Swartz, a family physician with Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine. Only portions of our region from Pawleys Island to Charleston will experience this opportunity, depending on location.

Area residents outside the “path of totality” will still experience a partial eclipse. Special-purpose solar filters, such as the eclipse glasses distributed by Tidelands Health, should be worn throughout the entirety of a partial eclipse, Dr. Swartz said.

Individuals in the “path of totality” who experience a full eclipse should wear the glasses during all partial phases of the event, removing the glasses only during the brief moments of totality.

People interested in learning more about the eclipse or ordering free eclipse glasses should go here. Supplies are limited, and orders must be received by July 31.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.