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Snow blindness

Similar term(s): Photokeratitis, Ultraviolet keratitis, Radiation keratitis, Niphablepsia.

Definition:

A temporary blindness or painful eye condition caused by exposure of unprotected eyes to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or artificial sources such as sun-tanning beds, a welder's arc, and halogen desk lamps. Symptoms include tearing, pain, redness, swollen eyelids, headache, and are due to a burn of the surface of the eye (cornea). Vision usually returns in less than a day. Prevention involves sunglasses with adequate UVB protection and full coverage of the eyes.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Eye - Ultraviolet radiation

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Schneeblindheit
Español: Ceguera de la nieve
Français: Cécité des neiges

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