A 18-year-old male asked:
Can staring at the sun as a kid (around 8 years ago, i'm 18 now), cause blindness/loss of vision later in life? (i've recently had a digital retinal scan done around 6 months ago and my optometrist said my eyes were perfectly healthy)
2 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Effect is immediate: Your focusing eye elements will concentrate the sunlight and cause a burn if you hold steadily staring at the sun. This is difficult and painful to do and your reflexes will mostly prevent this. If you did not become aware of immediate damage, you will not get damage at a later date.
921 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Eyes ok: It is highly unlikely that continued staring in sunlight
will damage your vision, as your checks have been normal. Hereon, I would wear a hat, sunblock and
polaroid sunglasses to protect from UV light exposure over time.
921 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 24, 2016
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