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Stared at sun reflection for 2-3 seconds by accident - retinal damage?

Hi Dr. Hagan,

Hope you are doing well. I accidentally started at the reflection of the sun in the reflective lid surface of my washing machine at home (without sunglasses - the washing machine is outdoors).  The lid is a black tinted, shiny surface that I can see my face in (its reflective).  It was 2 pm in the afternoon.

The stare lasted for 2-3 seconds at max - I started seeing a spot in my left eye and looked away immediately - the spot dissipated completely after 30-60 seconds. After that I had no pain or irritation - some uneasiness in my left eye but I can't be sure if it's my brain playing games.

I do not want to go down the spiral of anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms - can you kindly advise if this 2-3 second stare into reflection of the sun at 2 pm was a risk to any retinal damage? Or I should ignore and move on?

I take good care of my eyes otherwise, wear sunglasses outside, eat a good diet and exercise too.

Thanks once again for your valuable time.
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177275 tn?1511755244
Ignore it and move on.  Those circumstances would never cause any permanent injury. Merry Christmas.
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