How to tell if the solar eclipse damaged your eyes

Can pets go blind from the solar eclipse?

If you looked into the sun for a long period of time (which, why would you do that?), you may not notice any effect until 12 hours after viewing the eclipse.

If the cornea in the front part of the eye becomes sunburned, you can develop eye pain and light sensitivity, something known as solar keratitis.

So what did you think about the eclipse?

Symptoms of damage can include having small blind spots, distorted areas in your vision, areas that aren't clear and "seeing" a prolonged after-image (like when a camera's flash goes off), said Dr. Nicholas Volpe, chairman of Northwestern Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology.

"Total solar eclipses mostly tell us about the structure of the solar corona and its influence on the solar wind and on the interplanetary magnetic field", said Edward Rhodes of the University of Southern California. "You do what you have to do to get a picture", he said.

"There is potential for permanent damage, certainly", said Dr.

Scientists appeared on news outlets and shared content online warning about the dangers of staring directly into the sun for the August21 solar eclipse, but did people listen?

"If someone believes they had accidental exposure to the sun during an eclipse, they should immediately make an appointment with their doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure there is no serious damage", said Dr. Christopher Quinn, president of the American Optometric Association.

"In general, damage from the sun to the retina is permanent", Deobhakta said. As BuzzFeed points out, the only way to know for sure if you've sustained damage is to get checked by a doctor, but if you don't have any symptoms, you might just have a case of the nerves.

Some parts of the eye, including the retina, can not regenerate if damaged.

Lou Tomososki was walking home with a friend Roger Duval in 1962 from Marshall High School in Bend, Oregon, when they stopped to observe the partial eclipse in the sky.

While anyone who is concerned may want to visit an eye doctor for an official diagnosis, the short answer is that it's likely too soon after the eclipse to observe any damage to your eyes. This exposure to the light can cause damage or even destroy cells in the retina (the back of the eye) that transmit what you see to the brain.

"When the sun hits your central vision it starts causing damage". If you have damage to your eye, you should see signs within a few hours or by the next day.


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