If you’re worried about your solar eclipse headache, you’re not alone. After the total solar eclipse of 2017 passed yesterday, people all over the country were reporting headaches after the phenomenon. Considering all the warnings beforehand about potential serious eye damage, it’s no surprise that many people were concerned about their headaches.
In fact, so many people Googled things like “solar eclipse headache,” “eyes hurt,” and “seeing spots,” that they temporarily turned the phrases into trending topics. If that sounds like you, there’s no need to be embarrassed about it. And even better news? There’s probably no need to be worried about it, either — especially if you heeded warnings from professionals not to look directly into the sun without proper protection during the eclipse.
Most of the discomfort caused by the solar eclipse can likely be traced back to standing outdoors in the bright sun for a short period of time to catch the natural phenomenon and then by retreating into a darker space shortly thereafter, like a cozy home or office. The sharp and quick contrast in light would strain anyone’s eyes, so it isn’t so surprising that it might cause a headache in some unlucky folks afterward. (Click through for simple tips to ease a heat-induced headache.)
So in short, more Americans appear to be suffering more from hypochondria right now rather than actual serious eye damage! It’s totally normal to be concerned about your health, but you can likely rest easy if a headache is the worst thing happening to you following the eclipse.
In other words, you’re probably not going blind — we promise!