We’re all preparing for the near-total solar eclipse headed our way on April 8. If the weather cooperates, this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is sure to be unforgettable. Do you have a plan to view it safely?

“Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause serious and permanent damage to your eyes. The only way to safely view the solar eclipse directly is through the eclipse glasses.”

-Dr. April Harmer, Optometrist at North Star Vision

If you cannot obtain special glasses, you can also create a pinhole camera—so easy a first grader could do it: How to make a pinhole viewer for the solar eclipse– Vermont Public.

The region expects a huge influx of visitors due to this solar spectacular, which is likely to cause traffic delays. Please plan accordingly if you are visiting one of our health centers for an appointment.

Whether you’re planning to observe the eclipse through solar viewing glasses or using a pinhole projector, please ensure that your eyes are adequately shielded. Always refrain from looking directly at the sun with the naked eye, even if you’re wearing sunglasses or other makeshift eye protection. For more information about the eclipse visit: https://vermont.gov/eclipse/.