Protect Your Eyes from Solar Retinopathy
Next month, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America, barring unforeseen bad weather conditions. If you aren’t already aware, however, staring directly at an eclipse is highly unsafe, even if it’s a partial eclipse. The retina is a highly sensitive, ultra-thin layer of nerve tissue that is extremely delicate and very much susceptible to injury, including injury from bright lights.
The eye optics are designed to process incoming light rays into the center of the retina. This process is what allows us to gauge distance and see things from afar such as road signs. In the case of the sun, its light is intense enough that it can cause a damaging hole in the retina by literally burning it. This hole can result in a permanent blind spot. The process is better known as solar retinopathy.
There is currently no known cure or treatment for solar retinopathy, which only reinforces the need to take precautions. Even when there isn’t a solar eclipse out, it is wise to avoid staring directly at the sun, especially during the summer. To protect your eyes, consider purchasing sunglasses with sufficient UV protection.
This information is presented by Retina Macula Specialists of Miami, the largest private retina practice in the city. We are a nationally acclaimed retina practice dedicated to the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases. Each of our extensively trained doctors are Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology and are highly qualified to treat a wide variety of retinal conditions including but not limited to diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular problems like macular holes, age-related macular degeneration treatment, and CSR. We have three convenient locations in Miami, Coral Gables, and North Miami Beach. For contact information or to request an appointment, please visit https://www.retinamaculamiami.com.