SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The south and central coast didn't experience a total solar eclipse, but residents did see a partial eclipse on Monday morning.
Those who saw it and didn't wear protective glasses are starting to worry about their vision. Many people are guilty to staring directly or sneaking peaks at the eclipse as the moon crossed the sun.
“What we’re worried about is called solar retinopathy," said Dr. Tiffany Corby, optometrist at the Eye & Vision Care in Santa Barbara.
The retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball which can handle indirect sunlight. However, if someone is focusing directly on the sun, it's like holding up a magnifying glass.
“The retina right in the macula which is in the central part of the retina can start to damage from basically burning a hole into the center of the macula which is the central part of the vision," said Corby.
Having blurred vision or sensitivity to light are symptoms that can occur immediately, within several hours or even weeks after exposure.
“If you did look at it and you’re worried about looking directly at the sun, it’s a good idea to come in and get an eye exam and check the retina," said Corby.
Eye protection is a must when it came to the recent solar eclipse and the next one in 2024.