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An unfortunate memento of the total solar eclipse: eye damage

File photo: Piper Truza watches a stage of a partial solar eclipse visible in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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For millions of people last summer’s solar eclipse was a temporary spectacle, but for a New Yorker, the sight of the moon crossing the sun is a vision that can never leave her view, burnt like a half-moon-shaped scar in her retina.

Close-ups of her damaged eye tissue—said to be the most detailed of their kind, were published online on Thursday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology by solar retinopathy specialist Avnish Deobhakta and his colleagues at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

Eye specialists at major medical centers in Oregon, Kansas and Pennsylvania-said in interviews this week that they were confronted with cases of eclipse-related sore eyes, but no serious or well-documented as the situation of the woman in New York, who last August made the mistake of borrowing sunglasses from a stranger to watch the celestial show. Now she sees the dark stain of the eclipse where she looks like.

“It’s amazing,” said retina specialist Sunir Garg at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, who has studied with the images, but was not involved in the treatment of the patient. “The pattern of the injury is that the same half-moon shape that you see the eclipse.”

This story originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

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