2024 Eclipse Safety Guide

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse is happening, beyond a SHADOW of a doubt. There are plenty of tips on how to protect your eyes during an eclipse. Some of the advice online is pretty SHADY. At Orleans Family Health Clinic, we think that if you want to enjoy the eclipse safely then you have to PLANET. 


The upcoming solar eclipse is a highly anticipated event for astronomy enthusiasts and curious individuals alike. However, it’s important to remember that observing a solar eclipse directly without precautions can be extremely harmful to your eyes. Here are some guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable eclipse-watching experience.


  1. Use Proper Eye Protection:
    Only use certified solar eclipse glasses or viewers. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.
  2. Avoid Counterfeit Glasses:
    Purchase glasses from reputable manufacturers to avoid counterfeit ones that may cause eye damage.
  3. Inspect Glasses for Damage:
    Check for scratches or damage, and discard any defective glasses.
  4. Follow Usage Guidelines:
    Wear glasses properly, align them with your eyes, and avoid looking at the sun for more than a few minutes at a time.
  5. Use Projection Methods:
    Create a pinhole projector or use other indirect methods to view the eclipse safely.
  6. Stay Informed:
    Refer to reliable sources for timing, duration, and other important information about the eclipse.


Watching a solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring experience, but remember that your eye safety should always come first. By using proper protective gear, inspecting your glasses, and following the recommended guidelines, you can enjoy observing this extraordinary celestial event without compromising your vision. Embrace the beauty of the solar eclipse while ensuring your eyes remain safe and healthy.


Navroz Mubarak

This week, people worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival that marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. Navroz signifies a time of renewal and rejuvenation, as well as a spirit of gratitude for blessings and an outlook of hope and optimism.


Navroz commemorates a centuries-old, agrarian custom that over time was integrated into various cultures and faith traditions. Its origins are traced to ancient Persia, being the first day of the Persian solar year. 

The celebration of Navroz has extended through various parts of the Muslim world and beyond, over the centuries. Today, Navroz is celebrated by some 300 million people in Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In each of these different regions of the world, Navroz is observed in diverse ways. The commemorations blend together local cultures and customs with the religious beliefs and interpretations found in different regions of the world. 

In Iran, Navroz is a national holiday for two weeks, and starts with a spring cleaning of the house. The moment that the sun crosses the celestial equator is calculated to the exact minute and second. At this moment, called Saal Tahvil, literally meaning “turning point of the year,” families gather together around the Haft Seen table to wish one another Navroz Mubarak, exchange gifts, and offer prayers.

On this occasion, Orleans Family Health Clinic wishes Navroz Mubarak to our customers and to the Orleans Community.


Medical Considerations for a Healthy Ramadan Fasting Experience

For 30 days, Muslims will fast.  Fasting means nothing goes in the mouth – no food, water or medication. But what about those with medical conditions? Should they be taking part in the fast? Here a things you might want to consider this year during Ramadan.

Listen to Your Body
Prioritize your health during Ramadan by understanding when it’s necessary to break your fast. Islam allows exceptions for those with challenging medical conditions. Avoid self-inflicting pain or injury and consult with medical professionals if needed.

Managing Diabetes
Optimize your fasting experience by learning how to navigate diabetes management. While fasting can benefit those controlling diabetes through diet alone, ensure your health by continuing with medication and insulin as prescribed.

Cancer Treatment
Safeguard your well-being during Ramadan if undergoing cancer treatment. Prioritize adequate nutrition and consult with your healthcare team to ensure fasting won’t compromise your condition or impede recovery.

Seek Professional Advice
If you have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or are unsure of the impact of fasting, consult with your doctor. Their expertise will guide you on how to maintain a safe and healthy fasting experience.

Medication Timing
Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist regarding adjusting medication schedules while fasting to ensure proper intake and adherence to fasting obligations.

Embrace Ramadan’s spiritual significance while prioritizing your health. By understanding essential medical considerations, managing diabetes, navigating cancer treatment, seeking professional guidance, and optimizing medication timing, you can enjoy a safe and fulfilling fasting experience throughout this blessed month.