After Effects of Viewing a Solar Eclipse
Believe it or not, you may just now be seeing signs of Solar Retinopathy after viewing last week’s Solar Eclipse. Immediately after the eclipse, Google searches for “my eyes hurt” and “eyes hurt eclipse” sky-rocketed that afternoon.
For about 24 hours after viewing the eclipse, you may have experienced solar keratitis (sunburn of the cornea, the front of your eye) which can cause light sensitivity and pain but have gotten a little better since then.
However, if the symptoms are prolonged or are progressively getting worse you may be experiencing Solar Retinopathy. Solar Retinopathy occurs when the sun burns a hole in the retinal tissue, which causes a loss of central vision. This can last for months or become permanent, depending on the severity of the retinopathy.
Symptoms of Viewing a Solar Eclipse
Below are symptoms you may experiencing if you viewed the solar eclipse without the proper protection:
– blurred vision that doesn’t seem to be improving
– difficulty distinguishing colors
– seeing spots or “holes” in your vision
– eye pain