Eyes to the Sky: Total Eclipse Viewing Tips

On Monday, the Midlands will have a front-row seat for a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. While the event will be amazing and memorable, it’s important to be safe.

If you’re viewing the eclipse, wear safety glasses with a solar filter. Staring at the sun without glasses can cause serious damage to your retinas and may lead to blindness.

Lexington Medical Center advises everyone to ensure their eclipse glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

Click here for a list of companies that manufacturer eclipse glasses according to international safety standards.

Eclipse Viewing Tips
*If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep then on. Put your eclipse glasses over them.
*Remove your eclipse glasses only when the moon completely covers the sun’s face and it suddenly gets quite dark. This period will last approximately three minutes. Put your glasses back on as soon as the sun begins to reappear.
*Supervise children using eclipse glasses.
*Turn away from the sun before removing your eclipse glasses.
*Do not look at the eclipse through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, phone or other optical device even while wearing your eclipse glasses. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing injury.

Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery at Lexington Medical Center

In case you missed it, The State newspaper published a 12-page special health section on orthopaedics and neurosurgery at Lexington Medical Center. It showcases our services and features compelling stories of our patients. From sports medicine to pain management and total joint replacement, our hospital provides comprehensive care. Read the flip version of the section below.

Lexington Orthopaedics Welcomes Dr. Randy Beard

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Randy Beard, MD, to its network of care at Lexington Orthopaedics. He joins the board-certified surgeons and highly skilled providers at the practice to provide comprehensive sports medicine services and orthopaedic care.

Randy Beard, MD

After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Beard earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While in medical school, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognized his academic performance and inducted him into their societies. 

Dr. Beard then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he received the department’s highest award for surgical performance for three consecutive years. He went on to complete the prestigious Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. 

Dr. Beard specializes in hip and knee replacements and revisions. He offers patients the latest minimally invasive options for total hip replacements, including direct anterior hip procedures. Dr. Beard also performs partial and total knee replacements and complex revisions of worn out, broken, unstable, painful, recalled, metal-on-metal or infected implants. A member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters that highlight his evidence-based surgical approach. 

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