A 19-year-old male asked:
i looked at the sunset with binoculars for 1 or less seconds by accident. can i go blind? what can happen? what should i look for as symptoms? :(
3 doctor answers
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered
38 years experience Family Medicine
See below: Looking at the sun directly or through binoculars or a telescope without proper filters can cause damage to the retinas. See an ophthalmologist who can thoroughly examine your retinas for any damage your may have sustained. If multiple areas are involved, you may notice blind spots in your vision.
Answered on Jun 9, 2012
Dr. Paul Bruer answered
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Sun gazing: It is never a good idea to stare at the sun. Your brief exposure most likely resulted in no damage to your retinas.
Answered on Mar 23, 2013
Dr. Ilan Cohen answered
25 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Staring at the sun or other sources of bright light can cause solar retinopathy. This is a condition where the photo-receptors in the center of the retina become damaged, limiting the visual acuity. It cannot lead to total blindness. If you have no symptoms of decreased vision at this time, i would not be concerned.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
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