Will eye damage follow the Great American Eclipse?

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Clearly it's extremely important, so - if you get another chance to see a total eclipse - do not look directly at the sun.

"Some temporary irritation that could start 12-24 hours later".

The only way to safely view the eclipse are with glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standards.

Some of the more immediate signs of eye damage include sudden blurriness while reading, sensitivity to light, distorted vision, headache, seeing "spots" in your vision and feeling pain. Some viewers of Monday's eclipse said they are anxious about vision loss too and asked how you would know if the eclipse damaged your eyes.

But in case that advice was forgotten, here's how to spot if you or a loved one got an unhealthy eyeful of the sun's rays.

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

Now that the eclipse is over, though, many people are wondering what the heck they're supposed to do with their glasses.

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Prior to the eclipse, virtually every news site warned people of the havoc the event could wreak on their eyes if they stared at the sun without adequate eye protection.

Since the eclipse, the staff at Greenville Eye Institute has been fielding phone calls about both types of sun related eye damage.

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

Other popular searches like "eyes hurt eclipse" and "eclipse hurt your eyes" make the motivation more obvious.

You should visit an ophthalmologist who will take a scan of the eye to see the extent of any damage, and who will inform you if there is a solar burn or something else, he said. Sure enough, the teenagers eventually spotted what they had been looking for: a partial eclipse of the sun.

Kuhn says the best thing you can do if you think you've had damage is to set up an appointment with your eye doctor for an exam. Another symptom may be a spot, or multiple spots, in the center of one's vision. 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.

"At the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary emergency facility, we have already seen dozens of patients with concerns ranging from headaches to subjective blurry vision", said Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital.