Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Fort Stanwix National Monument welcomed several hundred spectators Monday to watch what has been called the Great American Solar Eclipse, the first full solar eclipse in the United States since February 1979. If you have damage to your eye, you should see signs within a few hours or by the next day.

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". But the reason we hear so much about the dangers of it during an eclipse is because, naturally, people's burning curiosity tempt them to look directly at the sun, even if it's just for a couple of seconds.

If you looked at the sun without appropriate protection, Ameri recommends seeing an ophthalmologist, who can run a number of tests.

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.

Now that the eclipse is over, though, many people are wondering what the heck they're supposed to do with their glasses. As The New York Times reported on Monday, humans cannot see infrared light coming from the sun, but it can cause damage that won't heal.

The damage done to your eye can be short-term or long-term, meaning it could cause irreversible damage to your eyesight that you should seek treatment for. The snag? There's precious little a doctor can do about damage to the retina from the sun's rays; the eye simply needs time to heal, which it often does fully.

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

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"Total solar eclipses mostly tell us about the structure of the solar corona and its influence on the solar wind and on the interplanetary magnetic field", said Edward Rhodes of the University of Southern California.

In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver.

If you're concerned that you are suffering vision problems or are experiencing discomfort after the eclipse, it's of course best to step away from Google and go visit your eye doctor for an exam, experts say.

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

Those who tried to view the eclipse directly could suffer from what is known as solar retinopathy - a loss of vision in the retina.

But in case you've missed the frenzy over the nation's shortage of eclipse glasses, you have to be careful - looking at the eclipse without the proper eyewear can cause serious damage to your eyes.

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