Google Searches for Eye Pain Shoot Up After Total Solar Eclipse

Although the complete solar eclipse has ended, many seem to be dealing with its after-effects to this day.

According to NASA, the first spot in North America to see the totality of the solar eclipse that began on April 8th was the Pacific coast of Mexico at around 11:07 a.m. PDT.

The eclipse’s course proceeded into Texas, passing across over a dozen states en route to its arrival in Ontario, Canada. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse left Newfoundland, Canada.

It goes without saying that you should protect your eyes while viewing a solar eclipse, but according to a report, Google queries about eye pain surged immediately after the eclipse. Google Trends showed that hundreds of people also searched for painful eyes and sun gazing.

Solar retinopathy, a sunburn on the retinas, is expected to see the same or even greater number of individuals seeking care.  It happens when your eyes are exposed to very bright light, such as staring directly at the sun or from a laser pointer to the eye.

Fortunately, according to a doctor at Mount Sinai, even though it’s painful, most people will recover.

It was reported that some people had eye damage during the 2017 eclipse.  Many patients went to the ER in 2017 complaining of blurred vision and watery eyes.  Nonetheless, the majority of these patients ultimately recovered.

In contrast to sunglasses, which only block approximately fifteen percent of light, eclipse lenses filter almost all visible and ultraviolet radiation. The disparity in materials is the cause. The plastic and glass used to make sunglasses aren’t durable enough to block all light. On the other hand, black polymer is the specific substance used to make solar eclipse glasses. Carbon molecules make up this resin. The result is shades that are as much as 100,000 times darker compared to the most expensive sunglasses.