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Symptoms of Solar Retinopathy to be Aware of in Coming Days

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The total solar eclipse cut a path from Mexico, up into a portion of the U.S. on Monday, and into Canada, living up to the hype of the much-anticipated astronomical event.

Unfortunately, some eclipse watchers may be dealing with an unwanted souvenir of the viewing experience that thrilled much of the nation.

This is the time that those who did not take the appropriate precautions could be experiencing eye discomfort and issues with vision. This is what you need to know about this potential visual condition.

What to Know About Solar Retinopathy

For the weeks leading up to the total solar eclipse, experts had been warning onlookers to be sure to use proper eyewear when viewing the celestial event.

Looking up at the sun without the right protection can lead to a condition known as solar retinopathy, a type of damage to the retinas that is the result of exposure to the radiation that comes from the sun.

The cells inside of the eyes do not feel or exhibit pain, making it impossible to know if you are damaging the eyes until it is too late. Instead, the rods, cones, and photochemical reactors start to exhibit inflammation and damage when exposed to the sun.

History tells us that it is possible to experience solar retinopathy during eclipse events. For example, a woman was diagnosed with the condition in both of her eyes shortly after the August 2017 total solar eclipse.

Doctors believe that she suffered the consequences of eclipse glasses that were not up to the right safety standard.

Unfortunately, there is no proven treatment for solar retinopathy. While it can improve, it can also worsen with time.



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