People across the nation are anxiously awaiting the total solar eclipse August 21st. South Carolinians are among them, as the Palmetto State will be one of the best places in the United States to view the event. The 65-mile wide path of totality, or area of total eclipse, will pass through Greenville, Columbia and parts of Charleston. Lawn chairs and sun block will help people to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event. But two Midlands ophthalmologists remind us that the most essential element to viewing the eclipse is proper eye protection. The sun’s rays can burn the retinas of unprotected eyes and produce legal blindness. Today we get good tips on safely watching the eclipse.