VIENNA, Va.—Ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, MyEyeDr., a leading provider of eye health services with more than 850 locations in 27 states across the U.S., is educating consumers about the importance of eye health and the need for proper eye protection while experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Through this effort, and in partnership with Prevent Blindness, MyEyeDr. is giving away expert-approved solar eclipse glasses in 438 offices across 20 states in the eclipse’s path of totality.

Beginning March 25, prospective patients and community members can stop by their local MyEyeDr. to get a pair of free solar eclipse glasses, at participating locations while supplies last.

“We appreciate the opportunity to once again partner with Prevent Blindness to help educate people on the importance of eye health and protection, and there’s no better time to do so than this historical and exciting event that can have real eye health implications,” said MyEyeDr. chief medical officer Dr. Artis Beatty. “Through this partnership we hope to not only help our patients safely experience the solar eclipse, but also reinforce MyEyeDr.’s commitment to providing quality care and making a difference in the communities in which it serves.”

Dr. Beatty and MyEyeDr.’s eyecare professionals highly recommend that anybody planning to enjoy the April 8 eclipse do so with caution, as looking directly at the sun without specialized solar eyewear can cause immediate, long-lasting damage. To keep your eyes safe during the eclipse, MyEyeDr. recommends the following safety tips:

● Never look directly into the sun.

● Carefully inspect your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using. Do not use if damaged or scratched.

● Make sure you cover your eyes fully with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up. Do not remove the glasses while looking at the sun.