snow blindness

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snow blindness

[′snō ‚blīnd·nəs]
(medicine)
A transient visual impairment and actinic keratoconjunctivitis caused by exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet rays reflected from snow. Also known as solar photophthalmia.
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The glass and metal used on the facades of skyscrapers going up all around the capital tend to act as mirrors, concentrating intense sunlight on homes and businesses below.
| High-altitude wines: Winemakers prize vineyards at high altitude, with prime spots such as the foothills of the Andes - renowned for their intense sunlight, dramatic temperature shifts and excellent drainage - all contributing to producing top quality wines.
A beach umbrella covered them from intense sunlight that brought average temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius.
The plants have been selected for their ability to adapt to intense sunlight, soils of higher pH, and long periods of water scarcity.
However, relative high percentages of lesions arising in the intermittently sun-exposed sites of the body (nearly one third of all cases) clearly suggest that discontinuous episodes of intense sunlight exposure play an important role in tumor pathogenesis.
Sudden blasts of intense sunlight are dangerous; an overload can lead to chemical scorching in a plant's light-catching chloroplasts.
Limited window: The SP1600 could not pave during the daytime, as the direct exposure to intense sunlight and the strong winds from the Gobi desert would dry out the concrete too quickly.
It is believed that the natural sleep pattern of humans is the most in tune with inherent circadian rhythms, which consists of daytime exposure to intense sunlight alternating with night-times of near total darkness.
iBall Slide Cuboid comes equipped with Mira-vision technology, which offers far richer and color viewing experience, with sharpness and strong readability even under intense sunlight and comfortable viewing in faint lighting conditions.
The team used the software to design the tower's recessed, scaled, crystalline apertures that optimise views of the plaza and landscaping, while shielding the interior from the intense sunlight. Bentley software enabled Henning Larsen to optimise building proportions to lower ambient air temperature around the towers by six to eight degrees Celsius.
The city's government credited the conditions to a high-pressure system and intense sunlight. 
Moving in such a small orbit, almost like that of an asteroid, the comet is activated by fairly intense sunlight at all times....