Two days later, Payne went to the emergency room with a black spot in the center of her vision. The emergency room referred her to Mount Sinai's New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she was asked to illustrate the spot and drew the shape of the sun during the eclipse, i.e., a circle with a chunk missing. Mount Sinai's doctors scanned her retinas and found damage resembling the same crescent shape as her blind spot and the eclipse itself. According to the Washington Post, this is called solar retinopathy, and it's the result of the sun actually burning your retina, which sounds absolutely terrible.
"So far, it's a nightmare, and sometimes it makes me very sad when I close my eyes and see it," Payne said in a report by CNN. "It's embarrassing. People will assume I was just one of those people who stared blankly at the sun or didn't check the person with the glasses. It's something I have to live with for the rest of my life. But it could be a whole lot worse, and I try to count my blessings."