Google trends often provides hilarious insights. A momentous event like a Total Solar Eclipse was sure to produce a wide variation of search opportunities. The most interesting trend for the eclipse was revealed after the event, rather than before…
Predictably, a large batch of individuals across the world did not heed the advice of scientists; millions across the globe watched the solar eclipse without the aid of protective sunglasses, including the President of The United States.
Spikes in search terms after the eclipse exemplify why you should never look at an eclipse without the aid of proper viewing equipment. Just after August 2017’s total solar eclipse, searches for the term “eclipse headache” peaked in google.
Eclipse headache wasn’t the only fallout for viewers without protection. Google also saw a large spike in the search term for “eyes hurt”, “looking at sun”, “I looked at the sun”, and “I looked at the sun for a few seconds”. All of these are adjacent search terms that show variations of the problem.
If you wondered what’s the worst that could happen if you didn’t use protective glasses, we’ll be blunt; you can damage your retinas beyond repair, so it’s important to never look at the sun without proper protection.
If you did look at the eclipse without glasses, and are experiencing any issues with your eyes you should go see an optometrist.