For Scott's identical pair of green glass sledging goggles worn on the southern journey and recovered from the tent by the search party, (which included Keohane), see Christie's, 17 Sept. 1999 (The Scott Relics), lot 205, and for Lashly's similar pair of goggles, with variant brown tinted glass, see Christie's, 18 April 2000, lot 170.
'Most of us are using goggles with glass of a light green tint. We find this colour very grateful to the eyes, and as a rule it is possible to see everything through them even more clearly than with naked vision.' (R.F. Scott, Journal, Wednesday, November 15.)
Keohane was snow-blinded on 11 December 1911 as his First Supporting Party reached the Beardmore Glacier: 'Our difficulties during the next four days were increased by the snow-blindness of half the men. The evening we reached the glacier Bowers wrote:
I am afraid I am going to pay dearly for not wearing goggles yesterday when piloting the ponies. My right eye has gone bung, and my left one is pretty dicky. ...I have missed my journal for four days, having been enduring the pains of hell with my eyes ... I was blind as a bat, and so was Keohane in my team. Cherry pulled alongside me, with Crean and Keohane behind...
Many others were also snow-blind, caused partly by the strain of the last march of the ponies, partly by not having realised that now that we were day-marching the sun was more powerful and more precautions should be taken. The cocaine and zinc sulphate tablets which we had were excellent, but we also found that our tea leaves, which had been boiled twice and would otherwise have been thrown away, relieved the pain if tied into some cotton and kept pressed against the eyes. A snow-blind man can see pracically nothing anyhow and so he is not much worse off if a handkerchief is tied over his eyes.' (A.G.B. Cherry-Garrard, op. cit., pp.396-7)