Eye doctors expecting visits following eclipse viewing

Nichole Vega
August 24, 2017

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

Deobhakta, a retinal specialist, said Tuesday that some 15 patients had come in complaining of such post-eclipse issues as blurred vision and light sensitivity.

So if you did not make a proper pinhole projector, use specially designed glasses that complied with global safety standards, or even don a welders' helmet, you might be noticing some changes to your vision. But that was enough time to permanently damage his retina, leaving him with a sizable blind spot in the one eye-similar to looking at a person's face, but not being able to see their nose.

According to Deobhakta, "some of the symptoms include blurry vision, "holes" or "spots" in vision, light sensitivity, or infrequently, pain". But how do you know if you've hurt your eyes?

Chou recommended that seeing an optometrist first if you're anxious about eye damage; they will be able to see you faster and recommend an ophthalmologist if there is damage.

From Oregon to SC, people donned specially-designed glasses that allowed them to witness the celestial event without the harmful effects of the sun's damaging rays. Now 70, Tomososki has suffered problems with his visions, and is warning people that would like to watch the Great American Eclipse on the 21st of August to put on eye protection while looking at the sky. The phenomenon, known as "eclipse blindness" can be temporary or permanent and the scary part is, you won't know it's happening until it's too late.

You can download an eye test (an Amsler Grid) online to test each eye.

"It's an ultra violet light burn of the retina, the inner lining of the back of the eye".

While it may have been a risk to let the kids looking at the sun, when done the right way they walk away with another family memory.

Visit a local eye care professional for an exam if you or a family member experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse. Or did you look directly into the sun like a dumb-dumb? Hopefully you took it all in under the safety of special eclipse-viewing glasses, but if you did what the President did, and stared directly at the damn thing, you may be wondering if today is your last day of ideal vision.

Dr. Angie Wen from Mount Sinai Hospital also said that patients experience headaches and nausea that are connected with changes in their vision should have themselves checked for any eye damage.

Loss of central vision or distorted vision is one thing to look out for.

In fact, there are no immediate symptoms associated with damage to the retina, which doesn't have any pain receptors, ophthalmologists say.

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