There was a worrying spike in certain Google searches just after the eclipse in the US.

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A total solar eclipse occurred in North America yesterday, in case you’re the only person who missed it and wondered why it was briefly dark during the day.

Well, there’s not much chance you missed it, given the amount of coverage everywhere. There were countless articles online and many television articles during the news to inform you. how to watch it safelyYou can’t have missed them all.

However, it seems that the message was not understood. Judging by the spikes for certain search terms on Google, it appears that many people may have done what you should never do during the eclipse: look directly at the Sun.

For example, the search term “my eyes hurt” suddenly increased during the eclipse.

Google Trends for the search term "my eyes hurt" for the last 7 days (above) and April 8 (below).

Google trends for the search term “my eyes hurt” for the last 7 days (top) and April 8 (bottom).

Perhaps most alarming is that when Google breaks down the data by state, it follows the path of the totality too well.

Interest in the search term. "my eyes hurt" by state.

Interest in the search term “my eyes hurt” by state.

So what should you do if you were one of the people who couldn’t resist taking a little peek at our star?

Well, that depends. If she looked with proper safety glasses, her eyes may hurt as they adjust to the unusual light she sees through the curtains, such as when she wears new glasses and it takes time for her eyes to adjust.

However, if you look directly at the Sun without glasses, you can burn your retina, which is known as solar retinopathy. According to the Confidence in eye careSymptoms include:

  • Watery and sore eyes
  • Difficulty seeing the shape and details of objects.
  • Discomfort with bright light
  • A blind spot in your central vision
  • Objects may appear unusually colored or distorted in shape.

If you experience any of these symptoms and looked directly at the Sun, you should see your doctor or optometrist as soon as possible.

The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions regarding medical conditions.

[H/T: Reddit]

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