Eye doctor discusses potential issues from viewing solar eclipse

- One day after the beautiful solar eclipse many people complain that their eyes hurt. Did they suffer any damage? Should you go see a doctor? Here’s what we found out.

"This is just a lens that lets me see where the damage would occur."

The damage from looking directly at the sun.

Doctor Scott Philippe with Piedmont EyeCare Associates says he got two phone calls shortly after Monday’s solar eclipse.

"There was a phone call into the office about 3:15 yesterday. The eclipse wasn't even quite finished yet. Somebody called worried about exposure."

"Anthony wore his glasses so he looks pretty good right now."

But if you looked directly at the sun without certified solar glasses, well, it's bad news.

"It could be as subtle as struggling on the computer a little bit because you're looking at print and some of the letters aren't there. Could be as dramatic as looking against the wall and noticing a black spot there."

He says that could be happening right now or could take a few days.

Either way, no point in panicking. There's not much you can do.

"Unfortunately, depending on the duration of the exposure there's not a whole lot you can do. There's no immediate treatment necessary. They don't need to rush in the next 24 hours or anything because it will heal on its own depending on how severe the burn was if a burn has occurred, depends what the prognosis is."

Let's say you used eclipse glasses and your eyes hurt.

“It could be as simple as some dry eye. Just an artificial tear could probably take care of that problem. You wouldn't feel anything from solar maculopathy. That's happening inside the eye, there's no nerve endings or pain there. Whatever you're feeling is probably not that."

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