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Damage To Eyes From Sun
2 different meaning:
1. Your eyes were closed you were sunbathing and your eyelids have sunburn. No permanent effect on vision.
2. Affecting vision: a. Staying in bright sun in the sand or snow for a long time, temporary sun burnt eyes, it will almost always recover.
B. Looking directly with or without protection at the sun: may get a retinal burn and have permanent decrease in vision. ...Read more
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
Pupil constriction: It is somewhat normal for some people to experience discomfort or even pain in the eyes when going into the bright sunlight, especially when coming from a relatively dimly lit environment. Think about coming out of a movie theater on a bright sunny day. This probably has to do with sudden strong pupil constriction. ...Read more
Minutes: There is never any good length of time to stare directly at the sun. However if you look right at it and away there will be no harm done. ...Read more
Retinal damage: Exposure to intense light such as that from the sun can cause permanent damage to the retina, even when there is a solar eclipse. The wavelengths of light that we cannot see are even worse for us than the visible ones. This can result in blindspots or even total blindness, depending on the length of exposure. It is for this reason that special techniques and filters are used to look at the sun. ...Read more
No: And it may damage your retinas.Get a more detailed answer ›
Eyes get really sensitive to sun light lately is it maybe because the sun has not been out in two weeks where I live?
Possible: Are you sensitive to other light as well? If not, don't worry about it. ...Read more
My eyes tend to tear uncontrollably under strong light esp outdoors when d sun is strong. Wats is wrong plse? Thanks!
Sunburn: If you aren't protecting your eyes, the conjunctival can get irradiated by uv radiation. They get burned. If this is the case, lifting an eyelid will show no redness because the lid blocked the sunlight. ...Read more
No: However looking at the sun with your eyes open can do it. ...Read more
Not sure: This is an unusual symptom, and I am sure how this can be easily explained. Blue is the most refracted color and tends to be defocused, so anything scattering light such as corneal swelling can lead to bluish vision, but this is usually from light sources at night. This, however, is not a common complaint, so you might need to get an eye exam to verify everything with the eyes is healthy. ...Read more
Irritation: We call this "reactive epiphora" it is a natural reflex of the eye to stimulation and irritation. The best way to combat this is to use sunglasses. Yes, please don't look at the sun! ...Read more
Is it possible that my son is allergic to the sun? His eyes flare up as soon as there is a bit of sun out?
What do you mean: By flare up? Be more specific in describing what happens when he is out in the sun. ...Read more
What to do if I look at sun and now I have prolim too see its like spot on my eyes what should I do know please frnd tel?
Solar retinopathy: Looking at the sun too long can actually burn the retina in the back of the eye. Symptoms may fade or be permanent depending on the severity of the damage. Don't look at the sun anymore, not even while wearing sunglasses. See an eye MD for a dilated exam. This condition has been more common after solar eclipses when people tried to view the sun directly. ...Read more
Hi, as a teenager I looked sometimes directly at the sun for few minutes, nowadays for being in the PC for 5minutes my eyes get dry, related?
Probably Not: Your current symptoms are not likely due to your past actions. More likely your work in front of the PC is taking it's toll. I recommend periodic breaks from looking at the screen. Artificial tears and eye wetting drops can be helpful as well. Make sure you have good lighting in the room and if symptoms continue, seek evaluation with an ophthomologist ...Read more
I viewed a dim, setting sun through binoculars for 10-20 seconds. 3 hours have passed and my eyes feel ok, but I'm worried. Could I develop problems?
Hmmm...: A person could develop problems from worrying too much. If the sun was so dim that it did not cause visual changes for more than a few seconds after looking at it, then no worries. ...Read more
Waslooking at my phone & my eyes was like I had been looking into the sun couldn't see screen properly. ..also 2 the right had coloured zigzag lines?
Migraine: Your symptoms sound representative of a migrainous event. The aura that you describe as a "zig-zag" light with partial blockage of vision is very classic. Bright lights directed at your eyes can elicit such symptoms in some people. Some people will also have headache or nausea/vomiting that follow the aura. If these are particularly frequent & bothersome, your family MD may be able to help you. ...Read more
Yes: The surface lining of the front of the eye is a skin, with many biochemical characteristics in common with ordinary skin. So it can burn from sunlight (wear sunglasses), tanning bed light (they usually supply an eye cover) and uv light burns such as arc welding and accidental electrical light sparking. All of these can create a painful "sunburn" of the front of the eye. ...Read more
Solar retinopathy: Solar retiinopathy is damage to the eye's retina, specifically to the center of retina called the macula, from long exposure to sun rays or other bright light. It usually occurs due to staring at the sun, watching a solar eclipse or viewing a very bright light for long time. The damage is due to photochemical injury rather than thermal. Please see a retina specialist. It may or may not get better. ...Read more
It didn't help.: Since you didn't name your diagnosis that makes your eyes to be considered "bad eyes, " I don't feel comfortable pronouncing 100% that it's all because you looked at the sun when you were a kid. But, no matter what diagnosis you have, it isn't gonna be made better staring at the sun. So yes, your bad eyes are kinda from staring at the sun, just not only from staring at the sun. ...Read more
Wear Sunglasses: It is normal variation,Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably dry/exposur: Your eyes are probably showing the effects of dryness with redness of the white parts, scratchiness, blurring, tearing, and discomfort. Sun, wind, dust exposure can intensify the redness. Try sunglasses and artificial tears that you can buy over the counter. If no help, see an eye MD. Good luck. ...Read more
No: You sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging uv rays. The don't cause reflection toward your skin. You should wear sunglasses whenever you are in the sun. ...Read more
Yellow eyes: Yellow eyes can be a sign of jaundice, which is caused by elevated levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream. There are several dangerous conditions which cause jaundice. You need a blood test right away to check your liver enzymes, and also direct and total bilirubin. Imaging of the abdomen with CT or ultrasound may also be needed. ...Read more
I very mistakenly stared at the sun for an extended period of time. How could that have affected my eyes?
Retinal burn: Please see an ophthalmologist for a dilated exam. ...Read more
Hello, I got too much sun this weekend, and I am very swollen under my eyes. What can I use to reduce the swelling?
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