Here's How to Tell if You Damaged Your Eyes During the Eclipse

Lynne Hanson
August 24, 2017

Nanda says looking at Monday's solar eclipse without the appropriate eyewear can cause permanent eye damage.

Noticing solar retinopathy right away can be hard because it often happens without pain and the symptoms don't show up until hours later.

Those symptoms-blurred vision, yellow or dark spots, loss of vision in the center of the eye-would appear about 12 hours after exposure, likely when you wake up the following morning.

The special glasses created to view the eclipse became a popular in Rome and across the country, and many people found other ways to view the eclipse.

"One would be if you had changes to vision where you feel your vision has become quite blurry and another would be if you see changes to color vision", said Dr. Kristina Post.

If you've been fitted for glasses or contacts, you're familiar with the customary annual eye examination, which includes a retinal examination after the doctor dilates your pupils.

Dr. Andrea Knouff says eye damage from the eclipse is no laughing matter. And even those who peeked at the sun but aren't experiencing symptoms should see a ophthalmologist who specializes in retinas (not an optometrist, the person who writes prescriptions for glasses).

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However, for those who dismissed warnings about looking directly into the sun without proper protection, eye damage will linger much longer than memories.

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.

You looked at the sun too long -Now what? "Anyone that is naive enough to go out on a non-eclipse day and stare at the sun will have the same negative consequences". You can burn your retina, reports Time.

The damage done to your eye can be short-term or long-term, meaning it could cause irreversible damage to your eyesight that you should seek treatment for. "So, any sudden change of vision that stays and is permanent, come and get looked at".

Visit a local eye care professional for an exam if you or a family member experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse.

Searches for the terms "eyes hurt" and "eye damage" peaked between 2:40 p.m. and 3:10 South Carolina Monday, immediately before, during and after the total solar eclipse swept across the Palmetto State in its path across the country.

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