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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?

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

Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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What are the signs and symptoms of going blind?

What are the signs and symptoms of going blind?

Varied: Vision loss can present in a # of ways. Difficulty at night can be an early sign. Loss of central vision gives trouble reading and recognizing faces. Peripheral vision loss causes bumping into things. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms for gradual blindness?

In Eye of beholder: Vision is divided into central and peripheral types. Symptoms of central visual problems include blurriness/fuzziness of objects despite best efforts to focus on them down the center. Trouble seeing things to the side or bumping into things may signal trouble in the periphery. Flashes of light, dulling of colors, inability to correct vision with glasses and failing night vision are other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can looking directly at the sun cause someone to go color blind?

Can looking directly at the sun cause someone to go color blind?

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

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How long does it take before staring in the sun leaves you blind?

How long does it take before staring in the sun leaves you blind?

No set duration!: It will take a duration of staring at the sun long enough to damage the cells in the retina. It could be called the phototoxic effect. Do not try it! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blindness in a baby?

What are the symptoms of blindness in a baby?

No visual fixation: No visual fixations d following, no pupillary response to light response. ...Read more

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Wha are symptoms of going. Blind?

Wha are symptoms of going. Blind?

Many: True blindness refers to the lights going out, with no light perception. Early loss of vision can just cause blurred vision, distortion, flashing lights, floaters. Total loss of vision can be slow or instantaneous. If you are having vision problems see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I blinded myself by a reflection from the sun and am still seeing a spots. Should I be worried?

I blinded myself by a reflection from the sun and am still seeing a spots. Should I be worried?

Possibly!: How long did you look at the sun?
How long have the spots persisted?
See and ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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? : (

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? : (

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. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of colour blindness?

Color loss: Certain colors such as green and red may be difficult to distinguish while others such as blue and yellow may not. I suggest you read the book by oliver sacks, M.D. Called the "island of the colorblind." his insight is fantastic as both a neurologist and one who had experienced occasional bouts of colorblindness associated with ocular migraines. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blindness that doctors will help?

Not much: If an eye is truly blind, in most cases, there is no way to reverse the loss of vision. If only in one eye, you should be extra careful with the other eye, and be examined frequently. The "symptom" of true blindness is lack of light perception but there are varying degrees of vision loss, some of which can be improved with treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of night blindness and how is it tested?

Peripheral vision: Night blindness - usually means deficiency of vision in low light situations, like finding a seat in a dark movie theater, bumping into things in the dark. There is an effect on the rods, or light and dark sensing cells in the retina. A specialized test can be done to make sure these cells are working well, it's called a (dark adapted) electro-retinogram. ...Read more

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My 77 year old mom is having vision trouble. She describers her symptoms as looking out through a mini-blind?

My 77 year old mom is having vision trouble. She describers her symptoms as looking out through a mini-blind?

? TIA: She is at risk for a possible stroke, as if this is transient, if may indicated decreased blood flow through retinal artery, but if constant, could be completed event, or ocular problem, such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment. She needs immediate full evaluation, do not hesitate. Time is of the essence. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not long: Staring into the sun is painful and is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to do. In the few cases I have seen, the length of time was seconds to minutes and resulted in damage to the retina. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of color blindness?

Color mistakes: Color blindness (we call it deficiency) causes failure to distinguish colors along certain patterns of confusion. So a red-green deficient person cannot make that distinction between objects of those shades. From a practical standpoint, color deficiency is a bar to certain occupations such as fruit grader, electronics assembly, some law enforcement jobs, certain types of painting, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cortical blindness?

What are the symptoms of cortical blindness?

Inability to see: Cortical blindness is loss of acuity due to damage to the occipital lobe of the brain. This can be a birth defect or an acquired vascular defect. If at birth, the child will show no recognition of the space around him, the eyes usually will dance (nystagmus) and will not track together. As an adult, the eyes cannot fixate, the pupils usually react to light but no vision will be reported. ...Read more

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How much time would I have to look into the sun to go blind?

How much time would I have to look into the sun to go blind?

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

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How do I find out why can I stare into the sun and not be blind?

How do I find out why can I stare into the sun and not be blind?

Retinal burns: It's definitely not a good idea to stare at the sun. You could develop a burn in your macula which is permanent. This would cause you to notice a blind spot in the middle of your vision. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Explain the symptoms of color blindness?

Color blindnes: A color blind person does not know of his problem until he compares himself with others. The visual acuity is usually normal. Color recognition is diminished along the axis of confusion for the type of deficiency. If you have this you could not be employed in color dependent occupations such as microcomponent assembly or fruit grading. ...Read more

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Is night blindness a symptom of a tumor?

Is night blindness a symptom of a tumor?

No: Vitamin a deficiency and retinitis pigmentosa are common causes of night blindness. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of color blindness?

The same: Inherited color blindness does not have early symptoms but is the same throughout life. It becomes known when the color deficient person compares his recognition with others. Color blindness can also occur with advancing retinal pathology like untreated diabetic retinopathy and rarely brain stroke issues. ...Read more

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At what age does the symptoms of color blindness get found?

School age: Most color deficiency of the more severe type is recognized in art activities in elementary school when inappropriate color matches are made. Milder forms of color deficiency are frequently not noticed until adulthood and in some cases not at all as the recognition failure can be very subtle with little practical import. ...Read more

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Causes for blindness how do u no if your going blind what r sysptoms I have eye pain I'm 21?

Causes for blindness how do u no if your going blind what r sysptoms I have eye pain I'm 21?

Get an eye exam: First, if you are having eye pain you should get an eye exam. Sometimes it doesn't even come from the eyes themselves, but rather sinuses, etc. Only with an exam can you get a diagnosis, or at least the reassurance that your eyes are ok. Second, most eye problems are treatable and do not lead to blindness except in the worst cases. But, if there is no diagnosis, there can be no treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not a problem: Babies at this age generally have the eyes shut much of the time. And the reflexes are already in place to avoid staring at bright lights. There is more of a risk to sunburn the skin in this circumstance than to the eyes. Nothing here to worry about. ...Read more

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How can someone go blind from chlamydia? Wouldn't symptoms appear way before this point? When I had it, I had pain in my penis within a month or so

How can someone go blind from chlamydia? Wouldn't symptoms appear way before this point? When I had it, I had pain in my penis within a month or so

Not likely: Chlamydia eye disease would not likely lead to blindness. More likely it chronic redness, discharge and irritation. It is easily treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

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