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What causes this?[edit]

I really wish the article discussed the physiological cause of the condition.

Burning of the eyes by UV radiation, simple enough? Zulu Inuoe (talk) 10:48, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Merge and rename[edit]

Arc eye describes the same injury (ultraviolet burn) as this snow blindness, just different situation and different rate of exposure/damage. Therefore they should be merged.

eMedicine article listed uses ultraviolet keratitis, but ICD10 lists as priority photokeratitis. Just as heart attack is covered in precised named Myocardial infarction, so WP:MEDMOS#Naming conventions indicates for medical topics to name precisely (and this acknowledged by WP:MOS before anyone cites to trump this).

So... at least merge into ultraviolet keratitis, I'm less pushy for photokeratitis. David Ruben Talk 01:20, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

  • 1. in favor. it is the same injury from the same radiation, with pretty much the same treatment. It's just a different source.--MartinezMD (talk) 01:23, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
  • 2. I take me last phrase back - I'm in favour of photokeratitis vs ultraviolet keratitis: PubMed hits are "arc eye" 7, "snow blindness" 11, "ultraviolet keratitis" 5, "photokeratitis" 52. David Ruben Talk 01:28, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
  • 3. also in favor of the merge. Flash blindness is another one that needs to be merged in.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:33, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
    • No to Flash blindness which is not a superficial burn but disruption (temporary or perminent) to the retina. Clearly a Nuclear blast will cause both, but these are not same disorder.David Ruben Talk 02:02, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Support merge of articles to title of Photokeratitis with other titles as redirects. Classify according to cause, I would guess? I've notified WT:WikiProject Metalworking as a courtesy. --RexxS (talk) 03:02, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Support Merge to Ultraviolet photokeratis. Photokeratitis can be caused by high power IR/heat, though, so if you have other corneal IR burns in another article, you have to use UV as a qualifier here. These are also separate from flashblindness, which is an effect on the retina, not cornea, and thus is not a keratitis and doesn't cause pain. A visible high power laser will also damage retinas but not necessariy corneas.

    Also, note the problem that an editor has deleted the treatment section in arc eye. SBHarris 18:26, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

  • I think we should go with the ICD 10 term of Photokeratitis. This is the term also used by Uptodate. Can we request someone to perform the move?Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:53, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Merged to Photokeratitis. Tim Vickers (talk) 19:55, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Currently Snow blind redirects here, but Snowblind is its own dab page. These should probably go to the same place. Is photokeratitis the primary use of snowblind? If so, Snowblind should also redirect here and the dab page should be moved (back) to Snowblind (disambiguation). If not, Snow blind should redirect to Snowblind. I think Snow blindness can stay as a redirect here. --Scott Alter 20:13, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Have refirected Snow blind to Snowblind.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:18, 26 April 2010 (UTC)


Now what we need is an image. I see this condition on a fairly regular basis but unsure how to get a good image through the slit lamp without a special camera. Anyone have one?Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:43, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Welding goggles[edit]

This part needs more context otherwise it sounds like a joke: " welding goggles with the proper filters, a welder's helmet, " What is missing is the information, that Snow blindness often occurs after welding with unprotected eyes and not just during skiing. The first thing that came to mind reading this part was someone trying to ski with a welders helmet on...

I added the following examples to the beginning of the introduction to clarify: "to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from either natural (e.g. intense sunlight at high altitudes) or artificial (e.g. the electric arc during welding) sources." Thawn (talk) 10:51, 27 August 2014 (UTC)