'my eyes hurt' and 'hurt eyes' tops Google search trends today after Solar Eclipse

'my eyes hurt' and 'hurt eyes' tops Google search trends today after Solar Eclipse

Millions gazed skyward on Monday to witness the awe-inspiring solar eclipse that's one of its kind event in human history. While many enjoyed the celestial spectacle, some viewers are now experiencing headaches and eye pain. But before you panic, experts say it's likely eye strain, not permanent damage.

A Surge in 'Ouch'

Search trends across platforms like Google and Weather.com reveal a spike in queries like "my eyes hurt", "eyes hurt" and "headache after eclipse."  News outlets like Hindustan Times and Teen Vogue report a rise in concern about potential eye damage.

Google Search showing in Google Trends for "my eyes hurt"

9to5google reported a spike in Google Search showing in Google Trends for "my eyes hurt" around 2:30-3pm ET in the United States that quickly faded away but still the searches are happening more than usual.

And today people are searching for things like "Can you take a picture of the eclipse" and more interesting questions.


What one should do before watching an eclipse?

Here's the answer:

Don't Look Directly, Even With Glasses

Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, is dangerous.  The sun's intense light can burn the retina, a condition called solar retinopathy.  However, the pain associated with this condition typically doesn't present as a headache.

Eyestrain is the Likely Culprit

A few experts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), as reported in Time Magazine, suggest eye strain is the more probable cause of discomfort but it is not really connected with watching a solar eclipse.

They said that focusing on a distant object for an extended period, especially while wearing protective glasses that dilate the pupils, can lead to eye fatigue and headaches.

When to See a Doctor?

While most eclipse-related eye discomfort should subside within hours and your hurt eyes should be fine, seeking professional help is crucial if you experience these things:

  1. Blurry vision
  2. Light sensitivity
  3. Seeing dark spots
  4. See an Eye Doctor, Not Google

News outlets like NPR emphasize the importance of consulting a real doctor if you have concerns and feel severe damage. While online searches on Google and other search engines can provide some information, a qualified professional can properly diagnose and treat any potential eye damage to help you cure your hurt eyes.

The takeaway?

Most solar eclipse viewers with eye pain likely have temporary strain and that's nothing to worry about. However, if symptoms persist, err on the side of caution and see a real doctor don't just rely on online search results.