Eclipsed by the Eclipse: What injuries did patients have from watching the eclipse?

Data is coming in about injuries sustained during the eclipse.

Only hours after the eclipse ended, emergency departments began to fill up with patients.

What type of injuries were seen?

The most common injuries were from falls sustained while wearing dark eclipse glasses, resulting in ankle, foot, and wrist injuries such as sprains and lacerations.

There were multiple cases of eye injuries from patients looking directly at the total eclipse without eye protection.  There were some eye injuries that were felt secondary to counterfeit eclipse glasses that were sold online.

There are reports of multiple motor vehicle accidents during the eclipse, and one reported fatality from a car accident.

There are case reports of patients putting sunscreen into their eyes for protection and sustaining eye irritation.


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