Wednesday, February 10, 2010

But We Can Still See It ... Everywhere

I was reading a book the other day that referred to snow blindness.  Haven't heard that term in years. Didn't it strike only Victorian Arctic Explorers?  Turns out snow blindness is of great concern to anyone in high altitudes and around lots of snow.  Know what it is?  Sunburn on your eyes.  Ow!  If you don't wear your heavy duty wrap-arounds, the bright sunshine bouncing off the white snow can cause blisters to form on your corneas.  Maybe you'll have bloodshot eyes.  Maybe your eyes will swell shut.  The good news is that the condition usually heals in a day or so.  More quickly than most of the regular sunburns I've had. Ow.

Source: Backpacker; Apr2005, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p60, as accessed through EbscoHost

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