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Can facing the sun with eyes closed damage vision?

Can facing the sun with eyes closed damage vision?

No: The risk of staring at the sun is with the open eyes as the light could be focused on the retina and damage the light receptors. It is annoying to have the sun shining for a lengthy period on the eyes, and that is why those sun shields which look like two cups held together with a connecting rod are so popular on the beach. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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My eyes feel cross eyed but there not they feel like that when closed also have fine vision?

You have fine vision: see your pediatrician. You may need to see a pediatric ophthalmologist, who can work you up this feeling you have of your eye crossing. They can measure your eye movements and see if one of your eye muscles might be weaker, or not, or if it's just at near or distance viewing. Should not be a problem. ...Read more

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My eyes hurt and loose focus when exposed to reading, bright light and sun light. I wear glasses and my vision is getting worse. ?

My eyes hurt and loose focus when exposed to reading, bright light and sun light. I wear glasses and my vision is getting worse.  ?

General health?: Sometimes vision changes can be caused by high or low blood sugar - it is important to be tested for diabetes. Also, sometimes thyroid disease can cause eye changes. Try to avoid too much caffeine and concentrated sugars and see if that helps. Also, it is common in the 40's for the lenses of the eyes to lose the ability to change focus, so I would recommend another eye exam. ...Read more

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I watched the eclipse of the sun with bare eyes last week sunday in africa. Since then, have been having blurred vision. How do I fix this?

I watched the eclipse of the sun with bare eyes last week sunday in africa. Since then, have been having blurred vision. How do I fix this?

Exam needed: You should see an ophthalmologist for an examination. You may have damaged the pigment layer beneath your retina within the center of your vision (foveomacular area). An exam can help to sort this out. Unfortunately some people who develop solar retinopathy don't fully recover their baseline vision. Treatment may involve a short course of corticosteroids. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eyes are constantly dry but sticky and after a while of being awake they burn and I have to blink excessively. It likes to stay closed, blurred vision?

Eyes are constantly dry but sticky and after a while of being awake they burn and I have to blink excessively. It likes to stay closed, blurred vision?

Dry eyes: You probably have dry eyes and possibly a co-existing allergy given the "sticky" eyes. Start by using artificial tears at least 4 times a day. If they are still "sticky" try an over the counter antihistamine eye drop. If still no resolution see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Excessive crying last night, and as a result my eyes were v. heavy. Have now noticed my left eye has slight blurred vision, also when right is closed?

Excessive crying last night, and as a result my eyes were v. heavy. Have now noticed my left eye has slight blurred vision, also when right is closed?

Temporary: Your vision will recover from the crying. Crying removes the mucous from the surface of the eye making it dry. This blurs the vision. The mucous layer will recover in a day or so. ...Read more

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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)

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)

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. ...Read more

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Hit head slightly on ext. mirror while shoveling snow. No bump, headaches, or blurred vision. Can also balance on one foot with eyes closed. Am I okay?

Hit head slightly on ext. mirror while shoveling snow. No bump, headaches, or blurred vision. Can also balance on one foot with eyes closed. Am I okay?

HEAD'S UP!: From what you describe regarding the mechanism of injury, and your current absence of symptoms, it does not appear that your sustained a concussion-force injury. If however you develop symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, light/noise sensitivity, nausea/vomiting, then you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Having eye pain my eye internally is hurting and im having some blurry vision time to time and the pain is increasing I have taken ibuprofen closed my eyes and put a cold was cloth on it and the pain is in bolth eyes.

Having eye pain my eye internally is hurting and im having some blurry vision time to time and the pain is increasing I have taken ibuprofen closed my eyes  and put a cold was cloth on it and the pain is in bolth eyes.

Pain, blurriness...: Pain in the eye is an important warning sign and can be due to dryness or viral infection. Pain along with photophobia can be due to inflammation inside the eye or uveitis. In fact, many different eye conditions have pain and blurriness. The only way to determine what you have for sure is with an eye exam. Redness, duration, intensity, discharge, etc. Are factors that can affect diagnosis. ...Read more

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My husband is reporting double vision if both eyes are open, normal if one eye closed. He feels dizzy. Meds are zetia, paxil, testosterone, lunesta (eszopiclone).

My husband is reporting double vision if both eyes are open, normal if one eye closed. He feels dizzy.  Meds are zetia, paxil, testosterone, lunesta (eszopiclone).

Conjugate gaze: Your husband could have a problem with conjugate gaze -- meaning that when he looks at something with both eyes, they are not moving in synch. This can come from certain brain problems and he needs to be seen by a physician. If this came on suddenly, he needs to be seen emergently because it could be a stroke. ...Read more