How to detect eclipse aftermath on the eyes

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Thousands of people protected their eyes as they looked to the skies Monday.

Thousands, minus one -- Wendy Neptune was a little rebellious.

"Well, it's not my first time looking at an eclipse with my eyes," Neptune said. "When they tell you not to look, of course, you wanna look, and I never had glasses so, I look for a very brief short amount of time and then I keep looking here and there."

So how does Wendy feel today? She says she feels out of this world.

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"I feel stellar. It is very bright, it does kind of hurt a little, and it's my third eclipse and I do it every time."

So if you decided not to wear glasses and take glances at the sun, ophthalmologist Johnny Gayton says you're OK under certain circumstances.

"If it's just a glance, typically it's not gonna do anything," Gayton said. "It's the staring, that's what does it. What I was telling people to do is wear the protection, look for three seconds, then look away." 

If you're still concerned, Gayton says a simple eye exam will do. Gayton says symptoms such as headaches or spotty flares in your eyes that go away are nothing to worry about, but a permanent dot in your eye that covers words and faces can be a sign of permanent damage.

A simple test can be done at home called the "Amsler Grid Test," which can be found on this link: http://www.eyesight.org/Macular_Degeneration/Eye_Test/eye_test.html