The MCPHSSchool of Optometry hands out free eclipse glasses.

MCPHS promotes eye safety during solar eclipse

August 21, 2017

  • Experts at the School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) understand how important awareness is when it comes to eye safety.

    As many prepare to experience the solar eclipse on August 21, they have been working closely with the community to share ways to safely enjoy the spectacle.

    On Friday, August 18, members of the School of Optometry at MCPHS–Worcester made solar glasses available to the Worcester community for free. The event was attended by over one hundred members of the community, and represented an opportunity to share important safety information with the public.

    “We’re recommending filters that are actually approved for the wavelength,” not regular sunglasses, Dr. Larry Baitch, associate dean for research in the School of Optometry said in an interview with the Worcester Telegram.

    Morris Berman, Dean of the School of Optometry attended the event and spoke with members of the community. He answered questions about one common misconception; that alternative filters like x-ray plates or welder’s eye wear can safely be used to view the solar eclipse. He explained that these types of equipment are not acceptable alternatives, since they filter different wavelengths.

    And because the event took place on a truly inter-professional campus, the event wasn’t just about eye care. Christine Dominick, Associate Dean, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, passed out free toothbrushes, proving it’s never a bad type to talk oral health.

    Didn’t get a chance to pick up a pair of solar glasses? Professor Hank VanVeen, OD and Professor Larry Baitch OD, PhD share their tips for creating your own viewing devises.