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Signs of solar eclipse eye damage

Apr 9, 2024, 11:35 AM

You knew you weren’t supposed to look at the sun during the solar eclipse, but you did anyway.  How do you know if you have eye damage from the eclipse? Did you know the sun can burn your retina in just seconds and it’s called solar retinopathy.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, just because your eyes feel different doesn’t mean you have damage.  There are signs though that you may have damage.

Signs that you may have eye damage from solar eclipse:

  • Blurry vision
  • Headache
  • A blind spot in your central vision in one or both eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Distorted vision ( in which a straight line looks bent, or a door jamb looks curvy)
  • Changes in the way you see color, known as “dyschromatopsia”

If you are concerned that you have eye damage, the AAO recommends seeing your eye doctor immediately. 

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