Doctors expecting more patients with eye damage from solar eclipse


Eye pain, light sensitivity or other noticeable changes to vision can begin immediately, or more commonly, several hours and possibly days after viewing the sun without an appropriate filter such as ISO-approved solar glasses.

"Millions of people out there are going to be looking out at it ..." Because there are no pain sensors in the actual eye damage can only be detected once it occurs. In fact, even glancing at it for a few seconds during a partial phase could cause eye damage.

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. Eyes were also likely strained while looking up towards the sky, so maybe chill with the Googling for a bit and see how you feel later in the day, okay?

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Though symptoms of eye damage aren't immediate, here are some to be aware of.

Patients may lose their central vision and only be able to see via their side vision. The result could be permanent damage to your retina.

Also, the moon's covering makes it less painful to look at the sun longer, OH optometrist Michael Schecter told USA Today, which he noted was part of the problem. When it is burned and damaged, the very center of our vision is darkened or blurred, with variable decrease in vision - from around 20/20 to 20/40 to 20/60. There is no known treatment for this.

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Though we heard for weeks that you need solar eclipse glasses or a DIY pinhole projector to safely watch the moon cover the sun, we have some rebels on our hands. UV radiation from the sun temporarily damages the topmost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. It's akin to a sunburn on your cornea, which is the front part of your eye.

Although Americans were anxious about vision loss directly after the eclipse, experts say that in many cases symptoms won't appear for several hours or a few days.

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