Reports Of Eye Pain Spike After The Eclipse

The number of Google searches for “Why do my eyes hurt” spiked following the much-anticipated total solar eclipse on April 8.

Millions were cautioned to use protective eye gear when observing the eclipse — particularly those in the “path of totality,” the optimum viewing path that stretched from Texas to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

Nevertheless, Citizen Free Press documented that citizens of the nation who mastered skills to launch rockets into space have not yet mastered the temptation to not to stare directly at the sun.

An analysis of Google Trends showed that the search phrases “my eyes hurt” and “I looked at the sun” surged following Monday’s eclipse. NPR reported that during the last solar eclipse that passed over America in the fall of 2017, there were “100 cases of eclipse-related eye injuries.”

The abundance of warnings and fairly recent stories of how 100 people injured their retinas after staring at the sun during the last eclipse were not enough to deter people from being drawn to the flame, like moths.

The New York Post reported that President Joe Biden joined in cautioning the public to take proper safety precautions. In a video message from the White House balcony, the president donned eclipse glasses and said: “Folks, enjoy the eclipse, but play it safe, don’t be silly.”

The Western Journal reported that the incidences of solar retinopathy (a kind of sunburn on the retina) following 2024’s eclipse will likely be higher than in 2017.

Thankfully, medical experts note that the symptoms of solar retinopathy, including blurry vision, pain, difficulty focusing and watery eyes, will often self-correct with time.

Leading up to the eclipse, President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poked fun at former President Donald Trump, citing a well-circulated picture of Trump staring up in the sky during the 2017 eclipse.

The once-viral photo was a source of unending ridicule from left-leaning politicians and leaders in the media.

However, Trump has proven adept at turning negatives into positives. He used his 2023 mug shot and multiple indictments to advance his political ambitions and become the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

This week, he responded to the teasing by using the eclipse as a prop for an epic campaign video. The post garnered over 16 million views in less than 48 hours. Once again, it appears that Trump has had the last laugh.