No major eye injuries reported following eclipse; damage could linger

There have been no significant reporting of people with major eye injuries following Monday’s solar eclipse.

Doctors warned local residents prior the the eclipse to fight the temptation to directly watch the first full solar eclipse in 99 years, because even staring at the sun for a few seconds could cause damage to the retina.

A spokeswoman for Kettering Health Network said as of about 11 a.m. that there were no reports so far of people in the network’s emergency rooms with eye injuries from the eclipse.

Another local eye doctor, Dr. Barry Gridley, who practices at Eye Care Locale in downtown Dayton, said he had a few people who called and one who stopped by to see if their eyes were OK, but no one ended up having any eye problems.

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If anyone did damage their eyes during the eclipse it might take a while after the solar event to see symptoms.

Dr. Brian Pennington, emergency room physician with Sycamore Medical Center said Monday afternoon that symptoms, which tend to be delayed with showing, could include feeling like there is a foreign object in your eye, redness, dryness, pain or even loss of vision.

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