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Snowblindness is cool, but how damaging?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Xenon[XoA], Mar 27, 2004.

  1. Xenon[XoA]

    Xenon[XoA] Banned

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    Snowblindness is cool, but how damaging?


    I was at school, during an offclass the other day. We were bored, so we figured we'd go out and play soccer on the back field. Everything's covered with snow still. We go back inside for lunch, about an hour later. At first, I can't see anything, its all dark. Lightens to shades of green and blue. About a minute later I can make out some colors. But everything white & grey appears like it would under a black light.

    My friends called it snow-blindness, I wasn't aware that's what it actually was, but anyway. What kind of damaging effects, if any, would this have? I've never worn sunglasses, and it didnt seem *blinding* while I was on the field...

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. masterazn

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    It can be permanent IIRC from this documentary I saw on TV.
     
  3. ragnar_ii

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    give your pupils a minute to enlarge and youll be just fine.
     
  4. PublicEnemy

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    It can damage your eyesight just like when you watch the sun for a long time,but at a lesser degree
     
  5. tydon

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    The reason it is bad, is because certain materials reflect the damaging sun rays. This basically means, you are getting more damaging sun rays than just being in a grassy field in a sunny day. Some of these are, water, snow, sand.
     
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    almost the same as looking at the sun directly, imagine looking at the sun with a blurry mirror, still hurts right?
     
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    A semi-hijack if you'll allow me...

    I have worn 100% UV protection glasses/contacts/sunglasses almost everyday since I was 5 years old. My question is, what potential damaged have I been saved from (if any) when compared to someone who virtually never wears any type of UV protection? Or does it simply cut my chances of getting cancer or becoming blind 50 years down the road?
     
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    Well I don't think anyone will have exact numbers, but you will have defiently helped you vision down the road.
     
  9. tydon

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    I do not think it has a huge impact with today's eyesight savior techniques. I mean, hell, I have been blind in one eye, and nearly blind in the other for like 8 years now, and I am only 19. You could have bad vision by the time ur 10, 20, 30, or 40. I can see nearly as good as people with decent eyesight with contacts, cept the eye im blind in apparently cannot have thick enough contacts to get it perfect...
     
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    How the hey can you have worn sun glasses since you were 5...the whole time? :eek:

    As for blindness, I don't think your eyes will get messed up until you're very old unless you stare at the sun and squint all day.
     
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    This phenomenon is called albedo;sun rays are reflected by white or bright materials;and snow is like a mirror which reflects sun rays
     
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    yeah, its like what happend to this kid at school a few days ago.
    he was reading a book in the sunlight, so, although it didnt affect him much, his color perception was off for a few mintues. same thing with snow i would assume. both white and in the sun...
     
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    Which is why you always wear sunglasses (goggled preferably) when skiing/snowboarding
     
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    I beleive the only cancer of the eye happens in the young ages, and the cancer is retanal blastoma. Spelling is most definetly off. Anyway, wearing sunglasses may have saved your vision longer, but the only cancer I think it would prevent would be skin cancer right around the eye.
     
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    Its as bad as staring at the sun, as far as I know.
     
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    So now that's it's been a while, how is your vision?
     
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    The blindness does go away after a while (a few hours to a few days, depending on how badly you got zapped). But there is permanent damage and if you make a habit of playing outside in the snow then UV-cutting lenses (preferable wraparounds that go pretty far above and below your eyes too) are a must.
     

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