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

24 August, 2017, 02:48 | Author: Randy Kelley
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Like a camera lens, your pupils dilate, or open, in darkness to allow in more light. That's because looking directly at the sun, even for a short period, can cause damage to the eyes' retina - a condition known as solar retinopathy.

Prolonged exposure to the sun's light can cause "retinal burns".

No patients were seen at either Kokomo hospital for eye issues related to the eclipse, said officials from both Community Howard Regional Health and St. Vincent Kokomo, citing the cloudy afternoon as a likely barrier between eye damage and the eclipse.

Eye pain that occurs within 24 hours of looking at the sun is one symptom to look out for. Some viewers of Monday's eclipse said they are anxious about vision loss too and asked how you would know if the eclipse damaged your eyes.

Welder's glass: Number 14 welder's glass provides effective protection and can be found at a local welder's supply store.

And don't feel bad if you did sneak a peek at the eclipse.

Lou Tomososki was walking home with a friend Roger Duval in 1962 from Marshall High School in Bend, Oregon, when they stopped to observe the partial eclipse in the sky.

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"They're fine. I didn't have any problem", Yancy says.

If your eyes do get burned, Buehler said, "Potentially you wouldn't be able to read or drive very well". "Over time, we will have this distortion", Dr. Crist says. Avoid rubbing your eyes and if you wear contact lenses, remove them immediately.

Dr. Steven Couch, an ophthalmologist with Washington University at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said he's had a lot of patients call in complaining of things like headaches, discomfort in their eyes, or their eyes feeling exhausted - all from the eclipse.

Other popular searches like "eyes hurt eclipse" and "eclipse hurt your eyes" make the motivation more obvious. He now has a blind spot about the size of a pea in one of his eyes.

The real concern is long-term damage done by looking at the eclipse without proper eye protection. He compared his vision with that of a blurred license plate by the press; he added that he has that of around a pea size and can't see around that. That's the exact same color of everything, except mine's the size of a pea, " he said. "So, any sudden change of vision that stays and is permanent, come and get looked at".

Material from The Washington Post was used in this report.

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