Have you ever wondered why, after an accident, Wile E. Coyote saw stars in his eyes? We’d like to think that this starry-eyed effect is a simple result of blunt impact or blacking out, but seeing stars could actually mean something much more serious like cataracts.
Cataracts often forms as a result of trauma—the energy from an impact or a punch sends shock waves through the eye, disrupting our eye’s lens. This results in opaque areas within the eye. Many times, these opaque areas look like clouds, but once in a while they appear as stars.
So where’s the silver lining? Cataracts can be removed through surgery. However, instead of holding fast to your starry-eyed optimism that you’re invincible, remember to wear protective eyewear while playing sports, which is most often the cause.