UHS Gets Ready to Surpass Expectations with “Eclipse” Event on April 8!

Astronomy and Optical Safety: How the University Health Service is Preparing for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

The 2024 Solar Eclipse is an exciting event that many people are looking forward to, and the University Health Service is no exception. To allow staff members to partake in this historic event, the office will be closed for one hour in the afternoon on April 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. During this time, Dr. Ethan Beaudett, our Medical Chief, will be on-call to handle any urgent calls received by our answering service.

If you are planning on watching the eclipse, it is important to remember to protect your eyes during this time. Professor James Zavislan, an expert in optics and biomedical engineering as well as ophthalmology, explains how eclipse glasses work to shield your eyes from harmful sunlight. These glasses are specifically designed to block out all but a small amount of direct sunlight, allowing you to safely view the eclipse without risking long-term damage to your vision.

If you don’t have a pair of eclipse glasses yet, there are several locations where you can obtain up to two pairs with a University ID on River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music. Make sure you take proper precautions during this exciting event and keep your eyes protected!

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