Many complaining of headaches and eye problems following the solar eclipse

Last-minute tips for protecting your eyes during the 2017 solar eclipse

Millions across America watched the total or partial solar eclipse on Monday, but not everyone heeded eye-safety advice.

But it might take a while for that damage to show.

Prior to the eclipse, virtually every news site warned people of the havoc the event could wreak on their eyes if they stared at the sun without adequate eye protection. Crist says quick glances wouldn't be very harmful, but looking at the sun for 20 seconds leads to potential problems.

Deobhakta, a retinal specialist, said Tuesday that some 15 patients had come in complaining of such post-eclipse issues as blurred vision and light sensitivity.

President Donald Trump, without protective glasses, gestures at the White House on Monday as he and first lady Melania Trump viewed the solar eclipse.

Without them, Buehler said, eclipse watchers can get what's called a "solar burn" - a condition in which the retina is damaged, causing a small blind spot in the center of both eyes.

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In fact, there are no immediate symptoms associated with damage to the retina, which doesn't have any pain receptors, ophthalmologists say.

"I think that the magnitude of people who could potentially injure their eyes is great", said Thomas Steinemann, a professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University and an ophthalmologist at the MetroHealth System.

"Sophisticated in-office diagnostic testing will need to be performed to determine if the retina has been damaged", said Dr. Jane Edmond, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Texas Children's Hospital.

The special glasses created to view the eclipse became a popular in Rome and across the country, and many people found other ways to view the eclipse. "You're not going to know how much damage you're doing as it occurs", Steinemann said.

If you feel as though you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, Chous noted that you should immediately visit your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam. The other, burning of the back of the eye, the retina. Symptoms typically occur within 24 hours after exposure, and can include eye pain and sensitivity to light, according to Linda Chous, chief eye care officer at UnitedHealthcare told NBC Chicago.

If you looked at the eclipse unprotected, chances are it was for more than a few seconds. It usually goes away in one or two days and does not lead to permanent vision loss.

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