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Ontario County health department gives tips ahead of weekend’s partial solar eclipse

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On Saturday, October 14 at 12:08 p.m., a partial solar eclipse will grace the region, prompting officials to emphasize the importance of protecting one’s eyes. Looking directly at the sun during the eclipse can cause irreversible eye damage, a risk that regular sunglasses can’t prevent.


“While eclipses are fascinating and educational for kids, gazing directly at the sun poses a serious threat to our eyesight,” says Kate Ott, Director of Ontario County Public Health. “Ensure you wear glasses specifically designed for eclipse viewing.”

The Finger Lakes region is also set to be a prime spot for a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. With many expected to flock to the area for this rare celestial event, Ott suggests enjoying the view safely from personal spaces or local neighborhoods. For reliable eye protection, it’s essential to vet online sources carefully before purchasing eclipse glasses. For detailed information on the upcoming eclipse and safety precautions, interested parties can refer to NASA and other reputable sites.