Everything you need to know after the eclipse in Sacramento

Eclipse day: Solar event begins in Sacramento

The solar eclipse begins on Eclipse Day around 9:30 a.m. in Sacramento.
Up Next
The solar eclipse begins on Eclipse Day around 9:30 a.m. in Sacramento.

The eclipse has come and gone in Sacramento. Now what?

Here’s what you need to know.

What do I do with my eclipse glasses?

You could try to save them until the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 2024, but there are other options if that seems unlikely to work out well. You can recycle your glasses, turn them into a souvenir or donate them to schools in South America for a 2019 eclipse, for example.

[You were lucky enough to get eclipse glasses. What do you do with them after today?]

How do you tell if you have eye damage from looking at the eclipse? Asking for a friend.

All right, no lectures. Early symptoms of vision damage include “dim” sight and afterimages, but it may take a few days before other symptoms show up. Those can include light sensitivity, loss of central vision, distorted vision and altered color vision.

If you have concerns, the American Optometric Association advises contacting, surprise, your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam.

[What are the symptoms of eye damage from viewing a solar eclipse?]

I can’t wait for the next one!

The next total eclipse in North America will be in 2024, but the closest it gets to Sacramento is Mexico and Texas. In 2045, a total eclipse will cross Northern California with a massive 140-mile-wide band of totality and an impressive 4.5-minute duration. But it’s a bit early for reservations.

[7 things to know about watching the eclipse in Sacramento]

I can wait. Forever.

Eclipse hoopla has been going on for at least the past 5,000 years and, sorry to say, seems likely to continue for a few hundred million more.

[Eclipse craze nothing new? 5,000-year-old stone carving depicts one.]

[Will this eclipse hype ever end? In about 500 million years]

Related stories from Sacramento Bee