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Snowfall hurting people's eyesSubmitted: 02/15/2019
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter
dbiggs@wjfw.com

Snowfall hurting people's eyes
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.

The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.

Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.


"You should try to get out of the sun or at least put on some glasses and protect yourself because that snow blindness come on and be really quite painful for this time of the year," said Redman. "You don't want to make an emergency visit to see your eye doctor."

Snow blindness is usually a temporary effect that irritates your eyes and blurs your vision.

If you experience long term effects from the bright ultraviolet light, make sure to visit your local eye doctor.


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