Snowblindness | definition of snowblindness by Medical dictionary
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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
References in periodicals archive
As our medic found out to his cost, snowblindness
can occur even when the sun is obscured by cloud, thanks to the light that reflects off the surface of the snow.
Giorgio said he has been hurt on climbs before - a broken vertebrae, snowblindness
, and his kidneys even shut down once - but nothing like the beating his body took this time.
The sunshades being used by this boy to combat snowblindness
are carved from a piece of bone