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  1. #1
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    Contacts safe in welding?

    Hello,

    I'm curious if anyone has any problems welding with contacts in? I have heard some companies prohibit wearing contacts, but I've never actually heard a story where someone had a problem from wearing them.
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    Yes, but. . .

    If you get debris in your eye it is important to get the contact out, quickly and carefully. But I'm sure, as a contact wearer you already know that.

    The whole, "it will melt to your eye," thing is a myth.
    Just say, Know.

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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    Been doing it for over 20 years. No problems.
    I noticed at first I needed to blink more often to keep my eyes moist. (We tend to blink less often when concentrating on something like welding.) I think the newer contacts do a better job of hydrating or else my body has adapted and I don't notice it.

    Before contacts I got metal bits in my eyes quite frequently. Getting them removed SUCKS.
    Now it seems they stick to the contact lens and I just grab a new pair. If one eye is really irritated, many times I can inspect the lens and find a tiny black dot. Sometimes it will have a little orange rust ring around it.(rust)
    Also there is a far better selection of safety glasses than prescription safety glasses. Plain safety glasses are also much cheaper and often do a better job becase they usually cover more area and fit better.
    Bottom line, for me there are more benefits than risks.
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    Had them. No thanks.
    Know lots metal melters who wear them.I tried a while
    I like me some wire framed specz. Wore glasses since 1959. All good for me.
    Make sure and get titanium frames so those thighs don't bend them oughta shape.
    Eating too fast causes lots of issues
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    if you need glasses to locate the dining spot titanium frames probably won't help.
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    My dad always told me that if you "flashed" yourself wearing contacts that the lens would "weld" itself to your eyeball. Don't know if it's true, but this was before all the fancy ones of today.
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    About twenty years I've been fine. You still need safety glasses.
    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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