Photokeratitis - Dangers to the eyes if we are in the snow

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Spend a day in the snow can be more harmful to our eyes to enjoy a day at the beach. The reason is that snow reflects more than eighty percent of the sunlight including ultraviolet radiation.

Moreover, in the case to go to the mountain, this radiation increases by ten percent for every thousand feet you ascend. Most people who enjoy the snow is not aware of the amount of time it remains exposed to the intense reflection of sunlight.

An excess of ultraviolet radiation which raises the risk of suffering an photokeratitis our eyes, which is a kind of burning of the sensitive tissues of the eye. In fact, one hour of exposure is sufficient to produce a burn eyes, although symptoms may not manifest until after six to twelve hours.

Symptoms of photokeratitis

These symptoms include:

  • Excessive tearing.
  • Headache.
  • Redness.
  • Foreign body sensation.
  • Inflammation of the eyelids.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Photosensitivity.

Although photokeratitis can heal with time, the best way to safeguard our eye health is the use of adequate protection. Thus, glass lenses should block the den percent of ultraviolet radiation.

These precautions are not only essential for skiing and other winter sports, but for any kind of activity in the snow, for example, walking. Goggles for skiing, covering both eyes eat the skin that surrounds them, are a good option as it also prevents snow and other particles entering the eyes.

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