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Solar Eclipse Safety: GHC-SCW's Free Glasses Giveaway

March 26, 2024
Solar Eclipse Safety: GHC-SCW's Free Glasses Giveaway

Are you excited about the upcoming solar eclipse? On April 8, 2024, this natural phenomenon will occur where the moon will partially block the sun. The Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) wants to help the Madison community safely watch this rare space event and have a great time. The best time to see the eclipse here is about 2:05 p.m. Knowing how to keep your eyes safe while watching the eclipse is essential.

An image of two solar eclipse glasses.


Free Solar Eclipse Glasses Giveaway

GHC-SCW is giving away 4,000 pairs of special glasses to watch the eclipse safely. These viewing glasses are available while supplies last at all GHC-SCW Primary Care Clinics, including Capitol Clinic, East Clinic, Hatchery Hill Clinic, Madison College Clinic and Sauk Trails Clinic from now through April 8, 2024.


Understanding Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, making a shadow on the Earth. It’s a rare and exciting event that provides an excellent opportunity for education and fascination, especially for those curious about astronomy. Weather conditions may affect visibility. The eclipse times and coverage are based on the Madison-area zip codes.


Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety Tips

It’s vital to protect your eyes when you watch the eclipse. Don’t use regular sunglasses—they won’t protect your eyes from the sun. Check out the tips below to protect the health of your eyes.

  • Always Use Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses: Protect your eyes using certified solar eclipse glasses. These are specially designed to protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation.
  • Check for Damage: Before using solar eclipse glasses, inspect them for any damage, scratches or punctures. 
  • Avoid Direct Sun Gazing: Do not look at the sun directly without proper eye protection, even during a partial eclipse.
  • Don’t Use Regular Sunglasses: They are not a safe alternative for viewing the sun.
  • Be Mindful of Optical Devices: Use solar filters if observing the solar eclipse through telescopes or binoculars.


GHC-SCW’s Commitment to Eye Health

In addition to preparing for the eclipse, GHC-SCW’s Eye Care Center is here to address all your eye care needs. Renowned for treating various eye conditions, we offer top-of-the-line eyewear, sunglasses and contact lenses.


Addressing Concerns About Eye Damage

If you are a GHC-SCW member and have concerns about eye damage after an eclipse, GHC-SCW’s Eye Care professionals can help. They can provide you with comprehensive eye examinations and expert advice.

We invite you to join GHC-SCW in safely experiencing this awe-inspiring natural event. We also encourage everyone to capture their eclipse-viewing moments to share on social media using the hashtag #GHCSolarView2024. Please pick up your free solar eclipse safety viewing glasses at a GHC-SCW Primary Care Clinic while supplies last, and take precautions for a fun and eye-safe solar eclipse experience within our community!

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