Snow blindness is usually a temporary issue, but even so, becoming snow blind takes away any real ability to do what you need to do on bright winter, snow covered days, and if you’re thinking about what you’d do in the winter for SHTF, you want to take some simple steps to avoid it.
I had a case many years ago, because I thought I knew better than my NCO who told me to protect my eyes. Learning the hard way sometimes makes life impressions, and it did. So, what is snow blindness?
Basically, it’s when your cornea(s) get sunburned. And for the smart-asses out there, there’s no ‘eye sun screen lotion’ you can use….just sayin’. Symptoms include what’s on the image.
Simple solution to this issue: Always have either a pair of good, dark sunglasses, or a pair of Sun & Wind Goggles available. I carry a set in my winter ‘Get Home Bag’ along with other winter sundries, and they’re the best insurance policy I can think of. I like them because I wear glasses, and they fit over the glasses. Additionally, for the uninitiated, they have a clear lense you can use in hours of limited visibility to keep things from sticking you in the eye inadvertently (also a nice thing).
The best thing? They’re cheap. Surplus Sun & Wing Goggles go for as little as $6 a pair before shipping on eBay; most surplus stores have them for $20 or less (which is still a good deal), and they’ll last for years.
I have about 3 or 4 pair of the old style, and one of the new USGI style in ACU green/gray. They fit over my glasses, too, so they’re good to go.
There’s a whole raft of civilian models available, too, so you have more choices than you can shake a stick at. However, I’d say away from the really ‘cool’ looking reflective lenses IF your objective is for use during a ‘less than civil’ scenario.
One less winter injury issue to resolve!