Snow blindness

Alternative definitions (2), class: vernacular (0)
Term: Snow blindness
Definition: Impaired vision or temporary blindness caused by sunlight reflected from snow surfaces. The medical name is niphablepsia. "Symptoms of snow blindness are a gritty sensation under the eyelids, excessive watering, double vision. First aid is to place the casualty in the dark or bandage the eyes; application of cool compresses alleviates pain. Most cases will recover in 18 hours without medical treatment"(from Glossary of Arctic and Subarctic Terms 1955).
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