March 21 2018

Vision Discomfort or Changes After Watching the Eclipse? Have Your Eyes Examined

March 21 2018, 12:31 | Jodi Jackson

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Across the country, Americans headed outdoors on August 21 to watch The Great American Eclipse, a rare celestial show in which the moon appeared to slide across the face of the sun.

Patients may lose their central vision and only be able to see via their side vision.

He also told NPR that it would take 12 hours to notice any symptoms, including "blurred vision, where the very center of the vision might have a spot or multiple spots that were missing in their vision or were very blurred". They should have used specially designed and filtered glasses instead. To treat that you can get some eye drops and minimize exposure to light.

Signs that anyone who looked at an eclipse should be anxious about are a blurry vision or increased sensitivity to light.

Dr. Steven Berger of Baystate Eye Group told Western Mass News that the office is getting ready for what's to come post solar eclipse. An optometrist can then refer you to an ophthalmologist for further assessment and management if there is damage. While we normally focus on the retinal damage that can happen, in some cases, people can suffer from light sensitivity and pain due to corneal damage ...

"The damage is done from the radiation from the sun, which causes the cells on the macula, which act like receptors, to fry like an egg".

The retina is most at risk. Depending on the severity of the retinopathy, vision problems can last for months or be permanent.

If there is any damage, there's not much doctors can do.

The great eclipse caught eyes across the Tri-State.

Staring at the sun for even a few seconds could cause damage, said Dr. Neil Bressler, a professor of ophthalmology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

If you stare at the sun for too long, it causes damage to the retina known as solar retinopathy.

The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or viewers that meet global standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing.

Staring at the eclipse isn't advisable, but as long as you didn't do it for a long period of time, you probably don't have a whole lot to worry about. But only a couple of those patients had what appeared to be eclipse-related eye damage, he added.

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