Google searches increase and spike for ‘eyes hurt’ during total solar eclipse

Google Trends data reveals a significant increase in searches related to eye pain during Monday’s total solar eclipse, coinciding with the eclipse’s visibility in the U.S. The spike in searches for terms like “why do my eyes hurt” or “eyes hurt” around 2 p.m on Apr. 9. Eastern highlights public concerns about eye safety during celestial events. Queries about safe viewing methods, such as “can I look at the sun” and “solar eclipse no glasses,” also gained traction.

The surge in searches underscores the importance of using proper eye protection, like special glasses, to prevent eye damage while observing solar phenomena.

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