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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But he pushed on as he was starting to suffer snow blindness.
UV RAYS REFLECTING OFF THE SNOW CAN BURN YOUR CORNEAS AND CAUSE SNOW BLINDNESS.
There's a high risk of injury, low body temperatures, frostbite, sunburn and snow blindness.
The survey concluded that it is essential to take preventive measures against the reflection of sunlight off of snow because the UV exposure induces various eye diseases and risks including snow blindness and pterygium as well as cataracts.
Snow blindness from snow glare and ultraviolet rays is a hazard, so wear UV-blocking sunglasses or goggles, even on cloudy days.
After spending many hours in the snow for rescue training, UV radiation (form of invisible light) can damage the unprotected eyes and cause snow blindness.
Cocaine was administered as eye drops to relieve the pain of snow blindness.
Symptoms of snow blindness include painful, gritty eyes with profuse tearing, blurred vision, and possibly, a headache.
snow blindness, getting lost, falling into a crevasse, frostbite, and exhaustion) that lurk nearby.
Sunglasses are vital, as snow blindness can cause permanent damage to corneas.