Someone lent me an appropriate pair of glasses to observe the eclipse; I was going blind long before the moon moved into position. And most people probably observed the appropriate precautions. “Most,” however, is not “all”:
Those experiencing blurred or impaired vision after watching the solar eclipse may want to see an eye doctor.
Nurse Practitioner Trish Patterson at Prestige Urgent Care [Redding, California] said it usually takes 24 hours before people start noticing symptoms, including visual defects or blurriness.
Pain is not expected because there aren’t pain receptors in the retina.
If there were, perhaps this wouldn’t have happened:
So far, she said they haven’t had any patients with damage from looking at the eclipse, but they’ve had a few customers experience pain after they put sunscreen in their eye Monday since they did not have protective glasses.
“One of my colleagues at moonlight here stated yesterday that they had patients presenting at their clinic that put sunscreen on their eyeball, and presented that they were having pain and they were referred to an ophthalmologist,” Patterson said.
Sunscreen? On one’s eyeballs? What were they thinking?
(Via Bayou Renaissance Man.)