snowblindness


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snowblindness

 [sno´blīnd-nes]
temporary loss of sight due to injury to superficial cells of the cornea caused by ultraviolet rays of the sun reinforced by those reflected by snow.

snowblindness

/snow·blind·ness/ (sno´blīnd-nes) see under blindness.
The transient loss of vision caused by UV-light-induced corneal damage
Management Topical anaesthetics, homatropine drops, gentamicin, systemic analgesics
Prevention UV-protective sunglasses

snowblindness

Sports medicine The transient loss of vision caused by UV-light-induced corneal damage Clinical Tearing, conjunctival hyperemia, corneal clouding, superficial punctate keratitis Treatment Topical anesthetics, homatropine drops, gentamicin, systemic analgesics