what are the results of too many flashes when welding?

Discussion in 'Manflu Corner' started by startinghandle, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. over years I have received a number of flashes when welding but what could I expect from it .. does it cause cataracts? or do eyes recover??
  2. arc eye
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  3. Y Fan Wen

    Y Fan Wen Member

    N W Snowdonia
    Dad told me it was like having sand in your eye.
  4. John100

    John100 Member

    Had bad arc eye 3 times, best thing is optrex eye wash or cold water, it takes the edge off the pain,mind you, when you wake up screaming at 3am you won't be able to get out of bed, let alone find the optrex.
    The pain will go, but you have sore eyes and dilated pupils like a druggie for weeks.
    Long term, yes I cant see fkuk all
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  5. tomg

    tomg Member

    I've had it once, woke up in the early hours and thought the plaster off the ceiling had fallen into my eyes. It does feel like someone has thrown sand in your eyes. I'm really careful when welding or around others welding it's not something I want to experience again.
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  6. once you've had it your more susceptible to getting it again
  7. John100

    John100 Member

    Tack welding by closing your eyes like London Chopshop garage, that doesn't work too good
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  8. tinsheet

    tinsheet Member

    west somerset
    Burnt my eye lids doing that, tad sore that was:facepalm:.
  9. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    East Sussex
    Brother did a lot of mig welding using cutting goggles years ago. That certainly didn't work so well.
  10. Cowcalf

    Cowcalf Member

    North of Scotland
    sterility !!!
  11. Too bloody late now
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  12. v8willy

    v8willy Member

    Yep a sore bugger, but a good tan in winter looks well :D
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  13. JCMaloney

    JCMaloney Member

    LE3 9EU
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  14. collywol

    collywol New Member

    i was told by a proper welder to use a used teabag to soothe the soreness, and the tanins help against infection.
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  15. AftonShepherd

    AftonShepherd Member

    Can arc eye clear up within a day? I was helping a welder on Monday and wasn't aware of being flashed, but woke up with my eyes in agony about one in the morning. Took painkillers and eventually got back to sleep, but other than a slight ache been fine since.
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  16. itsalwaysme

    itsalwaysme Member

    Interesting reading, I didn't realise the difference between conventional arc and mig
  17. Badshot

    Badshot Member

    Yes, that's possible.
    Just be aware next time the damage could be a lot worse and permanent
  18. AftonShepherd

    AftonShepherd Member

    Thanks. I'm normally very careful and didn't even realise I'd got a flash this time.
  19. you get a red end
  20. DrWazzock

    DrWazzock Member

    Stupidly in my twenties I used to hold a piece on with ungloved hand and closed eyes while tacking it on with no helmet as it was a hand held face guard. Now hands have patches where there is no brown pigment at all on the backs of them, just pure white. Face reddens easily and very sensitive to sun.

    Take all care you can folks. You only get one chance. Get the best helmet and gloves that you can and don't ever hold stuff while the welder welds it like I used to do as a kid. Stupid.

    I don't think you will get much damage from a few flashes though.

    Avoid welding in wellies with boiler suit tucked in. Had many a lump of hot metal roll down inside wellies, and stick melted sock to foot.

    I remember by uncle had a "comb over" hairstyle. One day he was welding under the combine and some slag burnt the hinge of his comb over through and the whole piece came away and that was it, bald an egg from that day on.
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