Anti-fogging ski goggles are essential for skiing at night or when there is poor visibility. There are many types of anti-fogs available today, but they all have one thing in common: They block out some amount of UV rays from the sun and keep your eyes safe while you’re out on the slopes. However, none of them offer protection against snow blindness (SNA). Snow blindness causes temporary vision loss due to excessive exposure to sunlight during wintertime. SNA affects between 1% and 5% of the population over their lifetime. Most cases occur in children under 6 years old, but it can affect adults too.
The main cause of SNA is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. UVR is short for ultra violet rays, which are invisible to human eyes and only visible to certain sensitive types of cells called rods and cones. These cells detect blue wavelengths, such as those emitted by sunlight. When these cells are damaged, they lose sensitivity to red and green wavelengths.
When you look directly into the sun, the rays pass through your skin before reaching your eyes. If you stare at a bright source of light for long enough, damage occurs to your retinas (the part of your eyes that converts light into electrical impulses), causing temporary visual impairment. You may see halos around objects in front of you or spots on objects behind you. If you stare at the sun for a long time, permanent damage occurs to your vision.
Common signs and symptoms of snow blindness are as follows:
Pain while opening your eyes.
Blurry vision that gets worse over time.
You can’t see reds or greens at all.
Your vision becomes very dark, even in daytime.
You see black spots or shapes in front of your eyes.
Swelling (sometimes severe) of the cornea and eyelids.
Burning or gritty feeling in your eyes.
Watery eyes (tearing).
Snow blindness can be prevented by wearing anti-fogging goggles that block UV rays from the sun before you go skiing. It’s always a good idea to protect your eyes when you go outdoors on sunny days.
If you develop snow blindness, you should immediately remove yourself from the sun and lie down in a cool, dark room. Take over-the-counter painkillers and do not rub your eyes. If the pain is too great, contact a doctor immediately.
UVB rays can also burn the skin. The sun’s rays reflect off snow and can cause sunburn even at high altitudes. It’s a good idea to wear a hat, long sleeve shirt, long pants, and sun block when you go skiing. You should also wear a face mask or goggles to protect your eyes from direct sunlight.
You can purchase anti-fogging goggles that prevent you from catching snow blindness at your local sporting goods store. It’s a good idea to wear these at all times when you go skiing. If you don’t have these, you can make your own with a few materials from around the house.
Things you need:
1 pair of swimming goggles.
1 roll of black poster putty.
1 plastic bag.
1. Buy a pair of swimming goggles at your local sporting goods store.
2. Take the roll of black poster putty and press it against one lens of the goggles.
The putty should stick firmly to the lens.
3. Place the goggles on your head so that the poster putty faces forward.
Press the other lens of the goggles against a piece of plastic such as a trash bag, so that the lens adheres to the plastic. This will form a makeshift lens for your goggles.
4. Make sure the goggles fit snugly around your eyes and nose.
You don’t want any light to get through.
5. Tie a string or rubber band around the back of your head to keep the goggles from falling off.
Snow blindness can cause your eyes to burn, itch, and swell. If it’s severe enough, your corneas may begin to peel or turn white, making it impossible for you to see. It can also cause temporary or even permanent blindness.
Wearing googles that block UV rays before you go out on the slopes will help prevent snow blindness and sunburn to your eyes. It’s also a good idea to wear a warm hat that covers your ears, a scarf, and a thick coat.
To avoid sunburn on the rest of your body, you can use suntan lotion or anti-UV beads, but these aren’t as effective as anti-fogging goggles. The best way to avoid sunburn and snow blindness altogether is to ski in the late afternoon or early evening when the sun isn’t as strong.
After hours of outdoor winter sports, it’s a good idea to take a hot shower as soon as you get home. This will help prevent your skin from getting dehydrated as well as relieve any muscle aches you might have.
After your shower, apply some lotion to any areas on your body that feel dry or itchy. There are many different types of lotions, creams, and oils you can use for this purpose.
Applying anti-itch cream to any part of your body that itches can provide temporary relief from the annoying sensation of itching. You can buy anti-itch creams at your local pharmacy.
To prevent frostbite, use a moisturizing cream or ointment to keep the skin on your face and hands supple and soft. If you begin to get dry, flakey skin, stop what you’re doing and apply lotion immediately.
Once you have completed all of these steps, please send me an email detailing what you did to remedy your condition. Make sure to tell me about your experience with sunburn, snow blindness, and frostbite so we can improve our database of remedies.
P.S. Be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
How to Treat Sunburn
To treat sunburn, you can do one or more of the following:
Take a cool bath or shower and gently scrub the burned areas with a washcloth. Pat dry. Apply aloe vera lotion. It should help ease the pain and speed up the healing process.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These medications can help reduce the swelling and pain caused by the burn. Drink a lot of water to avoid getting dehydrated.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet along with foods that are high in vitamin C and E. These nutrients help protect against cell damage caused by UV rays.
Sources & references used in this article:
Anti-fog goggle with foam frame by JR McNeal – US Patent 4,707,863, 1987 – Google Patents
Goggles for ski use by K Yamamoto – US Patent 4,443,893, 1984 – Google Patents
Air injection sports goggle and method by WD Ryden – US Patent 6,049,917, 2000 – Google Patents
Ski goggles by WD Ryden – US Patent 5,452,480, 1995 – Google Patents
Modular anti-fog goggle system by D McCulloch, J Cornelius – US Patent 9,999,545, 2018 – Google Patents
Anti-fogging device for eye shields by R Hunter – US Patent 3,825,953, 1974 – Google Patents
Anti-fogging sports goggle by MA McNeilly – US Patent 4,150,443, 1979 – Google Patents
Non-fogging goggles by DJ Crooks – US Patent 5,652,965, 1997 – Google Patents
Looking glass for ski goggles by R Spindelbalker – US Patent 6,324,702, 2001 – Google Patents