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  • an eye condition caused by exposure to very bright light, characterized by watering and conjunctivitis. Hence klieg-eyed adj.
    Usage: 1923 Sci. Amer. Oct. 243/1 The burning of the eyeball by the ultra-violet rays... This malady appears so freely among motion-picture actors..that a name, ‘Kleig eyes’, has been coined for it.

    See also: klieg

    February 5, 2007