Ever wonder why it is hard to look outside at the snow without squinting or shielding your eyes? "Snow blindness" may be what you're experiencing. Prolonged exposure to the reflection of the sun's ultraviolet rays off the snow, ice and water can potentially harm your eyes. Some symptoms of snow blindness may be red and teary eyes, pain when moving the eyeballs, and a headache that worsens the longer the exposure to the sun and snow. Sunglasses or goggles with UV protection are a good way to shield the sun's rays from your eyes. If these are not available, go inside, rest your eyes, and return when the symptoms reside.
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*This information is intended only for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice.