In rare cases, the cornea may freeze, which can lead to blurred
vision, sensitivity to light, eyelid spasms (blepharospasm), excessive tearing,
and pain when you try to rewarm the eye.
Snow blindness is not directly caused by cold temperatures but does
occur in snow conditions. Sunlight reflecting off the snow causes irritation of
the eye. Eyelids may become red and swell. The eyes may feel dry and as though
they have sand in them.
Treatment includes rewarming the eye and medication to moisten and
protect the eyes.
Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA Associate Editor Tracy Landauer Primary Medical Reviewer William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 27, 2005
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