Alright, that’s it…the great eclipse of 2017 is now behind us. If you missed it, you’ll have to wait until 2024 to see the next one.
70 miles wide…over 1500 miles per hour…and over in a flash! If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality like I was, the view was awe inspiring.
It’s absolutely amazing, it’s so dark out here it looks like a sunset over there. It’s amazing.
Now it never got dark in Connecticut, but thousands headed outside to catch the years “big thing”. In fact, the top question on Google before the eclipse was “how to view the solar eclipse without glasses” and not surprisingly “seeing spots” was one of the most searched terms after the eclipse. Because of that, it’s likely that you may have tried to view the eclipse without glasses, or maybe your glasses weren’t actually NASA approved. So how do you know you potentially damaged your eyes?
Dr. Mackenzie Egan, optometrist from Lasik Vision Institute said, “Usually what someone might notice is a grey or a black spot right in the center of their vision right where their most detailed vision is.”
So getting it checked out sooner rather than later is extremely important to get a baseline of what kind of damage you’ve done. But can it really permanently have harmed your eyes?
“Usually it is permanent but not always. Sometimes the vision can get better it can just take a very long time.” Mentioned Egan.
And speaking of long time, get ready because on April 8th, 2024 Connecticut will get to see over 90% of the sun vanish behind the moon.