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Do You Really Go Blind From The Sun
Depends: Why would you do this? The eye will try and avoid the pain of looking at the sun and the pupil will constrict as much as it can to limit the damage. The eye will focus the sunlight on the most critical parts of the back of the eye and the time to have damage would depend upon light intensity (is it mid-day; is there smog?) and upon the steadiness of the fixation. ...Read more
It would occur: Within minutes to hours. Don't look at the sun, doing so can permanently damage your eyes. ...Read more
Accidentally looked at the sun directly for a couple seconds. Can see fine, , just hurts a bit. Should I be worried about this? Don't want to blind.
Probably no harm: Very difficult to look at the actual bright sun without your eye unconsciously shifting its gaze so no damage occurs. Look up "Amsler" grid on the internet and see if your perception of the grid (following instructions) reveals any abnormalities (which I doubt). Probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more
No: This is definitely not recommended. It is uncomfortable and most would not due it. It sometimes is done for religious purposes and by people under "the influence". The eyes focuses the sunlight and damages a portion of the retina where it is focused in a non-specific way so all receptors are damaged and color blindness does not result, just a loss of a portion of the visual field. ...Read more
How long did you look at the sun?
How long have the spots persisted?
See and ophthalmologist. ...Read more
What happens if I was to look straight into the sun during daytime, how long would I need to be staring at the sun to go blind?
No: However looking at the sun with your eyes open can do it. ...Read more
Looked at the sun for 2 seconds taking a pic with my cel. But closed my eyes right away. Can I get blind now I'm really afraid. How soon symptoms show?
Unlikely: What you need is reassurance about what happened to you. You momentarily had the sun imaged on your eye but your pupillary response is fractions of a second and your avoidance of bright light is also active. So you probably never had enough sunlight at one spot on your retina to do any damage. You can check by looking at a grid graph paper with each eye and see if the grid is intact. ...Read more
I didn't realize that I had turn my baby's car seat towards the sun. It was directly in her eyes and very bright. She is 4 mnths. Will it blind her?
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
Why?: People are not pre-ordained to go blind. ...Read more
Over the last week or so, my vision has gotten really bad and I can hardly see clearly across a room. It feels like I'm quickly going blind:/?
See doc now: This needs urgent eval by eye doc. Nuf said. ...Read more
I'm really starting to worry about my eyesight becuase I stare at ascreen alot is it true that a csn go blind plead help I'm getting to worryed?
Not a problem: There is no harm from sustained computer viewing. It can be tiring and commonly is drying to the eyes. But no permanent harm results. Otherwise a posse of eye doctors would set up shop across the street from microsoft and apple and have plenty of business. ...Read more
Drop in blood pressu: Your blood pressure is dropping when you stretch, causing an alteration in vision. Either your blood pressure is low to begin with, or you may have a conditiion in which too much of your blood is going to your arms when you stretch, subclavian steel. I would talk to your primary doc about it. ...Read more
Many: The most common causes of blindness around the world include cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Of those 3, cataracts are highly treatable. Improvements in vision with macular generation is largely limited to about 15% of cases which are the 'wet' form. Glaucoma damage is preventable but not restored with treatment. Parasitic eye disease (eg river blindness) occurs in the 3rd world. ...Read more
Get an eye exam: The term "blindness" can be interpreted in many different ways. Central vision can be impaired by a simple need for glasses, and the problem can be easily solved. Peripheral vision loss is more unusual, and typically does have an underlying cause of more significance. Only through an eye exam can a disease process by diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Many causes: Loss of vision can be associated with macular degeneration, ischemic optic neuropathy, cataracts, trauma, hereditary problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, and a host of inflammatory and infectious conditions. One of our ophthalmologists could certainly expand upon this answer, and referral will be made. ...Read more
Support for blind: On a personal level, loss of vision is a grieving process, and any acts of friendship and support will help. Help with transportation, reading mail and paying bills, and shopping are common needs. There are social services available to help, as well as state and private organizations to help with needs of the visually handicapped. Social workers can help people get plugged into these services. ...Read more
Of course: Sadly people go blind from injury, strokes, intrinsic eye disease, inherited eye disease and other factors. When this happens you need an answer as to why and whether it is reversible from your ophthalmologist. Otherwise, if permanent, then you will need assistance for the blind from the proper organizations. ...Read more
See your doctor: When you say that you "go blind", do you mean vision goes black, whites out, or becomes blurred? Each of these has a different origin. You should see either your general doctor or eye doctor to help figure out the cause of your symptoms. The sooner you are evaluated, the better. ...Read more
Don't Ignore It!: Your question states you are 18, but also states '47 years'. At 47, it's very common to start having a lot of trouble focusing at near. Most serious conditions will affect both near and far vision. Without knowing more about your concern, it's difficult to know how worried you should be. But if you truly think you're going blind, you should see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more
With help initially: All states and the federal government offer substantial training for blind people to be able to function. There is usually no cost to you for these programs. Ask your ophthalmologist what is available in your state. If you are veteran, the va has a great program. Call them. ...Read more
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