Med Students Help Prepare El Pasoans for Solar Eclipse

In preparation for last week’s solar eclipse, the Ophthalmology Student Interest Group gave a presentation on proper eye care during an eclipse. The presentation, prepared by students in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), was held at Sunland Park Library in West El Paso.

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In preparation for the solar eclipse, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Student Interest Group gave a presentation on proper eye care during an eclipse.

The medical students explained what a solar eclipse is and shared some legends that different cultures use to explain the natural phenomenon. Attendees also learned about the risks of staring at the sun, and the science behind the special protective eyewear for viewing the eclipse.

All attendees were gifted with a free pair of glasses to view last Monday’s eclipse.

More About the Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Student Interest Group also holds an annual eyeglass drive, where students collect used prescription glasses and sunglasses for donation. In the past, students have collected hundreds of glasses and donated them to international medical missions. For more information on how to donate, email TexasTechOSIG@gmail.com.