Questions Rise on Future Eye Glass Use and Eye Vision After Eclipse


Questions Rise on Future Eye Glass Use and Eye Vision After Eclipse

Many people had eclipse glasses on, but if you still took unprotected glances at the sun, you may have done mild damage to your eyes.

Unless you shut off all internet and television for the last few weeks and stopped answering calls from your mom, you likely heard MANY warnings about staring at the sun during Monday's eclipse.

You should visit an ophthalmologist who will take a scan of the eye to see the extent of any damage, and who will inform you if there is a solar burn or something else, he said.

"This exposure to the light can cause damage or even destroy cells in the retina (the back of the eye) that transmit what you see to the brain", said PreventBlindness.org.

KTVI contacted several clinics and hospitals in the St. Louis area - one of the cities located along the path of totality - and they said they haven't seen a surge in patients coming in with vision loss due to the eclipse.

But, the fact of the matter is Dr. Landen Meeks says adults are just as susceptible to eye damage from the eclipse.

Though your retinas' lack of pain receptors makes it impossible for your eyes to really hurt immediately following the eclipse, it didn't stop people from freaking out on social media.

Missy Guyer, office manager at Midwest Eye Consultants, said that while the office received a flood of phone calls Tuesday from people looking for eclipse-proof glasses, she hasn't talked with anyone anxious about eye damage.

"If you're looking at the sun you're actually focusing, intentionally, the light of the sun onto the spot where you want the most precise vision", Deobhakta said of the fovea. Yudcovitch said not all damage is permanent but it's important to get treatment as soon as possible. You're not alone. Hundreds of folks on Twitter admitted they also looked directly at the solar event, so you're probably in good company.

Doctors' offices say they were getting calls Tuesday from people complaining of headaches or eye strain.

You looked at the sun too long -Now what? If any lines are missing or appear wavy, you should get your eyes checked out.

That's why Schraut says they made it a fun learning experience for their family.