Solar eclipse causing eye damage: 118 cases reported in Ontario

By: 600011 On: Apr 28, 2024, 5:14 PM


About 115 Ontario residents reportedly suffered eye damage after viewing the April 8 solar eclipse. The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) said about 118 cases were reported in the province after the solar eclipse. Inflammation of the cornea, dry eyes and solar retinopathy have been reported, the association told the media.

Corneal inflammation usually resolves within a few days. But the ophthalmologist clarified that solar retinopathy is quite serious and in most cases leads to permanent vision loss. Cases have been reported in the province from Windsor to Ottawa, the association said. As warned by health organizations during the eclipse, people wearing eclipse glasses have significantly reduced the incidence of eye damage, the organization said.

Quebecers were only able to view the eclipse for a few minutes, but 28 cases were reported as of April 17, officials said.