Snow Blindness – what is it? how do I protect myself?

Now that we are into January, and the days are getting brighter and longer, I hope all our WNATV Club members take care of their eyes while outdoors in the snowy conditions.

What is Snow Blindness?  The folks at ThoughtCo say….

“Snow blindness, or photokeratitis, is a painful eye condition caused by too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Those most at risk for snow blindness are those traveling outside in snowy terrain, across a snowfield or in a high-altitude winter environment, without proper eye protection.”

And I suppose you are wondering about what the symptoms might be? Well..

“Symptoms of snow blindness may include increased tearing or watering of the eyes, bloodshot eyes, uncontrollable eyelid twitching, headache, hazy vision, halos around lights, and eye pain. The most common symptom is a feeling of sand or grit in the eyes.”

How can you protect yourself?

“Choose sunglasses that effectively block out the sun’s UV rays from all possible reflective surfaces. If you are traveling in the conditions that can cause snow blindness, you will likely need full-coverage or wrap-style sunglasses that prevent light from entering at the sides. Choose polarized or dark, mirror-coated sunglasses for the best results.”

Please take the time to read the entire article by ThoughtCo, by clicking on… SNOWBLIND.