The ophthalmologist can monitor your eyes over time to see if the field of damage is getting smaller. "It can take a few hours to a few days after viewing the solar eclipse to realize the damage that has occurred".
The solar eclipse captured the attention of folks around the country, "I was so excited to see it", said Isabella Troya, who borrowed solar glasses, but also brought her homemade pinhole projector.
So if you did not make a proper pinhole projector, use specially designed glasses that complied with worldwide safety standards, or even don a welders' helmet, you might be noticing some changes to your vision.
If you're feeling a little weird - some people have posted on social media about having headaches and nausea - after looking at the eclipse, it could be a sign of something else.
Admit it. You peeked at the solar eclipse without solar eye protection.
"We're expecting some patients with solar retinopathy, which is damage to the retina caused by intense lights", said Dr. Sean Donohue, Professor of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt.
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But, if you didn't heed the warnings, or you fear your child looked at the sun when you told them not to, you may start seeing symptoms of retina burn in the coming weeks. If you had 20/20 vision, Cioffi said, it could diminish to 20/40.
He said staying indoors or wearing sunglasses will not help fix any eye damage that has been done, but will release vision strain.
"The portion of the retina that is burned is very tiny, called the fovea", Edmond said.
If that happens, it means you may have a macular hole or macular pucker. They've all said the same thing: do not look at the sun without special glasses.
Reports of solar retinopathy are common among patients who are on drugs or have psychiatric problems because they often stare at the sun, even when it hurts.
When turns directly toward the sun, retinal cells get overstimulated by light and produce a chemical, which in excess amounts can damage the surrounding tissue, according to this article. Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun.