Symptoms of solar eclipse eye damage

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Plenty of people - though maybe not President Donald Trump - heeded advised and donned eclipse glasses or other proactive eyewear to watch Monday's Great American 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.

"Some temporary irritation that could start 12-24 hours later". Solar keratitis can cause pain and sensitivity to light for sufferers for about a day after looking at the sun.

There's a similar phenomenon known as laser retinopathy, which often happens when kids shine lasers in people's eyes, he said.

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"Looking at the sun directly can be very damaging to the eye and more specifically the retina, the bright light can cause damage to the very sensitive cells in the back of the eye", said Nanda. Since the retina does not have pain receptors, people do not feel the damage occurring.

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.

There aren't usually any immediate symptoms or pain if you do damage your eyes. "You do what you have to do to get a picture", he said.

It's fairly common knowledge now that if eclipse viewers want to avoid cooking their retinas, they shouldn't look directly at the sun - and should wear some special safety sunglasses instead.

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Absent a solar eclipse, solar retinopathy is mostly diagnosed among individuals who gaze at the sun during religious rituals, or are exposed to the sun for long periods of time during sunbathing. According to Google Trends, right now most of America is anxious they have eclipse headaches. But even after looking at the sun for a few seconds through that, I felt like my eyes felt weird and needed time to adjust.

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

Some of the symptoms to look out for are blurriness, a blind spot in your central vision, or a decrease in vision in which you notice an inability to read something you would have been able to read before the eclipse. "It's one of those things where only time will tell". However for some watchers, questions over eclipse glasses, and their own vision remain.

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