Eye Diseases Specialist Opr. Dr. Derya Doğanay drew attention to the fact that eyes may be damaged due to excessive reflection in snowy places in sunny weather.
“If we do not take action, we will invite the disease that we call photokeratitis, which is caused by the contact of excessive UV light to the cornea layer of the eye due to the excessive reflection of sunlight from the snowy ground, which is popularly referred to as ‘snow blindness’.” Using the expression Doğanay stated that in photokeratitis, the person will feel extreme sensitivity, burning, stinging, watering, glare, extreme sensitivity to light and will have difficulty in opening their eyes.
Doğanay warned that in more advanced cases, intense edema may develop in the eyelids and said:
“This situation may not be felt immediately in cold weather conditions. In such a case, the person who experiences any of these complaints should immediately consult an ophthalmologist. Especially people with light skin, people with light eye color, individuals with age-related macular, namely yellow spot disease, dry In individuals with common diseases such as eye, allergic conjunctivitis or eyelash root inflammation, the effect of phototoxic damage may be more intense.For example, in such a case, temporary vision loss may occur as a result of excessive stimulation of the cells in the retina, which we call the photoreceptor layer, or again due to intense UV light. There may also be damage, which will result in irreversible vision loss. For this reason, we cannot look at solar eclipse with the naked eye, and we need to protect ourselves from exposure to sunlight in the snow in the same way. “
Doğanay, who suggested using sunglasses to avoid being exposed to snow blindness, added that those who go to ski resorts should also provide eye protection glasses.