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Should you see an eye doctor after viewing the solar eclipse?

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Messalina Adamo | 23 Agosto, 2017, 11:12

Google Trends chart showing the number of searches for "eyes hurt" and "eye damage" in SC on Monday.

The solar eclipse of 2017 happened on August 21, 2017, and the whole world stopped and looked up for a moment.

Without eye protection, staring at the un-eclipsed sun for more than a few seconds can cause permanent damage, known as solar maculopathy or retinopathy.

Blurred vision, a centralized blind spot in your field of view, visual distortion or an overall decrease in your ability to see, or an inability to recognize certain images, like faces, could all be signs that you caused damage to your eyes during the eclipse. Even looking for a few seconds could cause damage, and the longer you stare, the higher your chances of experiencing damage, Bressler said.

So, all you concerned eclipse watchers with eye pain?

Prior to the eclipse, virtually every news site warned people of the havoc the event could wreak on their eyes if they stared at the sun without adequate eye protection.


Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer for UnitedHealthcare, helps answer that question. "While we normally focus on the retinal damage that can happen, in some cases, people can suffer from light sensitivity and pain due to corneal damage".

He stressed that any vision damage identified by an eye specialist today may not last forever.

If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, the association advises making an appointment with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination. It is important to note there can be a delayed response to any damage incurred during an eclipse, with symptoms showing up hours later.

In his tweet, Mike Schardin observed: "I love all these shots with people taking photos of the eclipse and their special glasses are on their head not their eyes".

"You'd see discoloration of your vision, dark spot in your vision, blurriness in your central vision, sometimes you can even have pain but that's actually less common".

When turns directly toward the sun, retinal cells get overstimulated by light and produce a chemical, which in excess amounts can damage the surrounding tissue, according to this article.

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