AUG 22, 2017 05:49 AM PDT

How to Spot Eye Damage from the Solar Eclipse

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Hundreds of millions of Americans experienced the solar eclipse on Monday. Undoubtedly, not everyone (e.g., Donald Trump) followed the advice to wear proper eye protection when viewing the eclipse.

The safety recommendation is not without cause. There are over 100 documented cases of eye damage related to the solar eclipse phenomenon. People with this type of damage, called solar retinopathy, often report blurry vision and loss of fine visual details. Although the effects may not lead to complete blindness, the vision impairments may be permanent.

For those who saw the eclipse through the lens of ultra-dark "solar-viewing glasses" - you probably don't have anything to worry about. For those who snuck a peek at the eclipse with naked eyes for more than a few seconds, here's what to watch out for: Blurry vision, white spots, and increased sensitivity.

These symptoms may take a few days to take effect. If you're in doubt, go get checked by an optometrist. And while you're at it, go ahead and buy a pair of eclipse-rated glasses for the next event, scheduled to occur in 2024.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
NOV 21, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 21, 2019
All About NASA's Upcoming Plan to Explore Europa
Planetary scientists have been in search of potentially habitable worlds for years, and perhaps one of the most promising places we have yet to explore in...
NOV 21, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 21, 2019
Elon Musk Shows Off SpaceX's Shiny New Starship
If you’ve been paying any attention to SpaceX lately, then you’ve undoubtedly caught wind of the plethora of controlled launching and landing t...
NOV 21, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 21, 2019
Why a Metal Asteroid Tops NASA's Must-Explore List
Innumerable amounts of asteroids exist in the asteroid belt that resides between Mars and Jupiter in orbit around the Sun, but one specimen in particular a...
NOV 21, 2019
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 21, 2019
Radioactive Spill? Self-propelled Microbots to the Rescue
Scientists have been looking for an effective method to clean up radioactive elements in industrial wastewater and accidental spill, to support and boost t...
NOV 21, 2019
Neuroscience
NOV 21, 2019
Finding Pleasure in Music Comes From Balance of Uncertainty, Surprise
  A new study by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences shows the effect that uncertainty, about a song's progression, an...
NOV 21, 2019
Health & Medicine
NOV 21, 2019
Climate Crisis Will Impact Children The Most
Many are already feeling the impacts of climate change around the world. Heat waves, severe storms, and flooding have affected humans of all ages. However,...
Loading Comments...