Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse?

Kristi Paul
August 24, 2017

Your eyes won't feel any pain if they suffer serious damage to the retina, according to Chung. "While most patients have not had any permanent issues, a few have been found to have some retinal changes, which will require monitoring". Ultraviolet light is particularly harmful since it can cause damage to the structure of the eye. "However, if you are experiencing light sensitivity or headaches, you may have corneal damage".

Randy George joined several people who used the glasses to shield their cellular phones so they could take a picture of the eclipse.

So how do you know if your child has damage? "The reason is because of curiosity".

"Generally, you want to look for graying of vision, blurring of vision", Lane said. Notice any discomfort or impairment in vision, and have your eyes examined as soon as possible, he says.

"Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ('totality"), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. "But you can not let them become damaged", says Dr. Crist.

Changes to vision or light sensitivity may not be noticeable until the following day or longer, he added.

More people searched for "my eyes hurt" and "I looked at the eclipse and my eyes hurt", on Google after the eclipse ended than ever before, according to Google Trends. He now has a blind spot about the size of a pea in one of his eyes. 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.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor trained to check your eyes for injury or disease, and as such, they are the best equipped to investigate if you caused any damage to your eyes during the eclipse. "This part of the retina gives us our central visual acuity". The spots may be blurred or very very clear. "But an eclipse is a little more damaging".

Multiple warnings by almost every media outlet not to look at the sun during the Solar Eclipse Monday, but despite the warnings, people still looked up.

Well, that's when we all get to enjoy hours of post-eclipse hypochondria. UV radiation from the sun temporarily damages the topmost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. Staring at the sun might cause some short-term damage, similar to snow blindness. Do things look fuzzy?

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