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How can you tell if the eclipse damaged your eyes?

How can you tell if the eclipse damaged your eyes?”

This image shows a rise in web searches for solar eclipse headaches, their symptoms and cure. But because retinas can't heal themselves, it's possible staring at the sun too long could have caused permanent damage.

Changes to vision or light sensitivity may not be noticeable until the following day or longer, he added.

Given that thousands of people in the US, where the eclipse was most clearly visible, wanted to get a glimpse of the phenomenon, traffic jams were inevitable.

So how do you know if your child has damage? "The reason is because of curiosity".

Louis Tomososki, an eclipse enthusiast at age 16, told the Washington Post that he and his friends had tried to look at a solar eclipse without glasses for up to 20 seconds at a time. There are often no immediate signs of eye damage after viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection.

Dr. Katie Baston at the Eye Institute says by now, more than 24 hours after the eclipse, you would likely notice if you had retinopathy, the burning of the back of the eye. But hopefully you had the right glasses to do it.

"No headache", he said. "If you are having vision issues, we can absolutely see you see and make sure that's what's going on", he says.

If Google search trends are any indication, many SC eclipse watchers may not have heeded expert advice, and are now suffering eye pain and damage, or they were at least searching the internet about it Monday.

It's because the damage was done to the photo-receptors: the rods and cones in your eyes.

The damage is not necessarily permanent, Wilson said. 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.

The moon passes by the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Local dad Alex Schraut says he had one big concern about watching the eclipse with his kids.

There is no treatment for solar retinopathy except giving the eyes time to heal. UV radiation from the sun temporarily damages the topmost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium.

"It is very painful and feels like a corneal abrasion or scratch on the eye", Edmond said.

And judging by the things people looked up online immediately afterwards, he wasn't the only one.



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