Simple Test Reveals If The Solar Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

If you’re like what was likely millions of Americans, you watched the solar eclipse on Monday. Some of you might have used special eclipse glasses to safely experience the phenomenal moment. But there is a chance you still caused damage to your eyes. Some people have complained that even though they used specialized glasses, they still felt ill after watching the eclipse.
While there hasn’t been a surge of vision loss, there have been other complaints related to the eclipse.
Dr. Steven Couch, an ophthalmologist with Washington University at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, reports he’s had several patients phone him, complaining of things like headaches, discomfort in their eyes, or their eyes feeling tired. And it was all due to the eclipse.
These symptoms, Couch says, are a result of staring at an image too long without blinking. However, if you didn’t use proper lenses for protection, you may still have caused damage to your eyes.
“If somebody didn’t use the correct lenses, the back part of the eye—the retina—the center part of the retina, could be damaged,” says Couch. “And if that’s the case, the central portion of their vision would be blurry in one or both eyes. It would also be fuzzy or even black right in the center of their vision.”
But before you rush off to your eye doctor, you can test your vision at home, according to Pix 11. The below image is called an Amsler grid.  Scroll down for instructions on how to use it.
Cover up one eye and stare at the dot right in the center of the grid. Repeat this step with the other eye. If the lines are missing or become wavy, or if you notice any dark areas, strangely sized boxes, or blurry edges, call your eye doctor The test,however, works best with a printed out sheet.  You can download here.
For more information, watch this video which explains how the sun can cook your eyes:

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