Activities
COLD WEATHER HEALTH RISKS
SNOW BLINDNESS


Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can lead to "sunburn"  of the cornea


Symptoms

· Gritty sensation in the eyes and decreased (hazy) vision · Excessive tearing · Pain · Redness
· Swollen eyelid · Increased pain on exposure to light · Headache


Prevention

1. Wear sunglasses or goggles that block at least 90% of ultraviolet radiation
2. Be prepared, always carry protective eyeware in serious winter camping


First Aid Care

1. Prevent further exposure to sunlight
2. Make sure the victim is safe and that you have clean hands
3. Cover the eyes with thick, moist dressings to cool them and keep light out
4. Secure dressings in place and transport the victim to medical help
5. Reassure the victim often, as they will be temporarily blinded
6. Seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible
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Planning Your Winter Trip
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Credits:
Yahoo! Health Encyclopedia, Copyright 2002 A.D.A.M, Inc., Copyright 2002 Yahoo Inc.
Boy Scout Handbook, Copyright 1998 by the Boy Scouts of America
Field Book, Copyright 1967, 1984 by the Boy Scouts of America
Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping, Copyright 1990 by the Boy Scouts of America
OA Guide to Winter Camping, Copyright 1995 Rick Curtis, Outdoor Action Program, Princeton University