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
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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