People without proper glasses put sunscreen in eyes to watch eclipse


REDDING, Calif. - According to Redding Nurse Practitioner Trish Patterson, some people have reported pain after they put sunscreen in their eye's Monday because they did not have protective glasses to watch the eclipse.

"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.

As far as people who looked at the sun without any protection, Patterson, who works at Prestige Urgent Care, said it usually takes 24 hours before people start noticing symptoms, including visual defects or blurriness.

Patterson said those experiencing blurred or impaired vision after watching the solar eclipse may want to see an eye doctor. Patterson added it is not expected that people will feel pain because there are no pain receptors in the retina.

Patterson said it only takes a few seconds of staring directly at the sun for retina damage and they treat it the same as a welder's flash.

Other signs to look out for are dark spots in the center of vision and cloudiness.

People experiencing those symptoms should get checked right away with a thorough eye exam using a slit lamp, and visit an ophthalmologist.

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