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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There the whiteness provides a neutral setting for a display of gorgeous objects from a variety of cultures, so at Russell's Hall the public art programme takes on an important function to help avert snowblindness and help to create a warm and welcoming environment.
With only an inaccurate map, Albanov led his men on a 235-mile journey of blizzards, disintegrating ice floes and attacks by polar bears, as well as starvation, sickness, snowblindness and mutiny.
Climbers who dare to take on Everest face a rash of dangers: frostbite from severe cold, sunburn from glaring sun, snowblindness from the sun's blaze reflected off ice.