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. Chou added that "if people just saw the sun briefly without a protective filter - just a fraction of a second - the chances they've hurt themselves are very low". That kind of thing will happen if you look at the sun for an extended period of time.
So, all you concerned eclipse watchers with eye pain?
For those who did acquire a pair of solar eclipse glasses and are now wondering what to do with them, one option would be to save them for an upcoming eclipse. The phenomenon, known as "eclipse blindness" can be temporary or permanent and the scary part is, you won't know it's happening until it's too late. It can take a few hours to a few days after viewing the solar eclipse to realize the damage that has occurred. Often times, there are no immediate symptoms or pain associated with retinal damage because retinas do not have pain receptors, says Dr. Lorne Yudcovitch.
Speaking to KGW, Tomososki said that the eclipse would be quick, but it's not worth risking your vision.
First, if you used proper eclipse glasses to view the sun, you should be fine, according to Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
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If there was damage, you can experience blurred vision, multiple spots on the eye, or just one spot in the center.
If you're starting to get blurry or distorted vision, red eyes, or some uncharacteristic discomfort in your eyes-and you caught some glimpses of the eclipse on Monday-it's recommended you make an appointment with an optometrist right away.
Emerson and his children watched the eclipse from a cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina, using the safety glasses and a pinhole projector.
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, according to the National Eye Institute.
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.
Symptoms of serious vision loss usually rear their head about 12 hours later, reports Time.