How to know if you hurt your eyes during eclipse

Posted August 24, 2017

Light sensitivity is another big one.

But too often, people ignore advice on eclipse-viewing safety. Don't got to the emergency room, Wilson said, because they won't have the tests necessary to tell if there's retina damage. "The reason is because of curiosity". Eye doctors say there are ways people can find out if their vision was truly affected.

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. You're not alone. Hundreds of folks on Twitter admitted they also looked directly at the solar event, so you're probably in good company.

If your eyes do get burned, Buehler said, "Potentially you wouldn't be able to read or drive very well". Business Insider reports that discomfort could be due to the rapidly changing light levels you experienced as you covered and uncovered your eyes repeatedly to view the eclipse. He now has a blind spot about the size of a pea in one of his eyes.

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Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital, said that dozens of patients with concerns ranging from headaches to blurry vision have been rushed to the hospital.

"You have to put them on away from the sun and then you can look at the sun and they block out the harmful rays, otherwise it's risky", said Dr. Mohit Nanda, ophthalmologist. If you didn't stare at the eclipse for more than a few seconds, you'll likely be A-OK. "Around it there might be some clear spots", Chou said. "It is more common in younger patients because they do not have cataracts like older patients, and cataracts can block some of the damaging rays". A shortage of solar glasses prompted many to create improvised ways to view the sun, or to simply stay inside, as many school districts made a decision to have their students do.

We're hoping all you Shots readers heeded our words of caution and wore eclipse glasses or enjoyed the show indirectly.

Your visit to the doctor may do little except confirm that damage has indeed occurred. It's also known as snow blindness, as it can happen during sun exposure from highly reflective snow at high elevations. It'll feel a bit weird as your eyes recover from that. "If we had looked longer - or the worst thing, if you switch eyes looking at the sun - then you're in real trouble".