ó At the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC, a front desk
employee says heís gotten calls from patients afraid that
theyíre experiencing eclipse-related eye damage.
mostly been for burning and pain," said the employee, who
estimated that the clinic has gotten about a dozen
eclipse-related calls in the last few days.
have them come in."
Mondayís historic solar eclipse, those who fear they looked
directly at the sun and permanently damaged their eyes are
posting on social media, doing Google searches and calling
to an article posted yesterday on the American Academy of
Ophthalmology website, there have been no confirmed cases of
eclipse-related vision loss, but 10 concerned people sought
advice at a triage area at Vanderbilt Eye Institute.
or discomfort probably arenít signs of eclipse damage,
because the retina doesnít have pain nerves, according to
the article. Instead, the article says, be on the lookout for
symptoms such as:
spot in your central vision; this can be in one or both eyes.
sensitivity to light.
vision: A straight line might look like itís bending, or a
door jamb could look curvy.
in the way you see color.
important to see a doctor if you have eclipse-related eye
damage, the article says. He or she can measure the extent of
the problem. Many people recover within months, but some
experience a permanent blind spot or visual distortion.