How to know if you damaged your eyes during the eclipse

23 August, 2017, 11:14 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Last-minute tips for protecting your eyes during the 2017 solar eclipse

The "Great Eclipse" is now a memory.

So, all you concerned eclipse watchers with eye pain?

While the sun was no brighter on Monday, it appeared easier to look at because the moon was blocking it.

Prolonged exposure to the sun's light can cause "retinal burns".

According to Deobhakta, "some of the symptoms include blurry vision, "holes" or "spots" in vision, light sensitivity, or infrequently, pain". However, there were a few among the crowd who apparently didn't heed the plethora of warnings from scientists and doctors saying to never, ever look directly into the sun during an eclipse, and those people included President Donald Trump.

You may notice blurred vision.

Light sensitivity is another big one. "In either case, you should see a trained ophthalmologist as soon as possible".

"Generally, the symptoms are more severe at the beginning", he said.

The retina is most at risk. Even glancing at the sun for a few seconds can do significant damage to your retinas, the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of your eyeball. To further compound the problem, children might not be able to describe a difference in their vision or will learn to adapt to changes by relying more heavily on the other eye, making it more hard to know if there is damage.

Unfortunately, this kind of retinal injury isn't treatable, he added. It's not even safe to look through conventional sunglasses, a smartphone, binoculars or a telescope, Rao said in a university news release.

With another total eclipse happening in less than seven years, Dr. Troy Crist of Multicare Eye Clinic in Madisonville says this year's glasses can still be used in 2024 if they're stored properly and if the lens isn't damaged.

After millions of people flocked to the path of totality to enjoy the solar eclipse, how can you know your eyes escaped unharmed?

Mylar filters: Aluminized mylar plastic sheets are available as eclipse vision glasses or can be cut and made into a viewing box.

Hersman's colleague, Dr. Aaron Mjelstad, also saw a patient on Tuesday who feared she'd injured her eyes by viewing the eclipse.

Solar retinopathy occurs when the retina has been damaged by harmful rays such as UV rays from the sun.

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