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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.
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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.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    I'm using 1 month contact lenses.

    If I wear them to metal working I can throw them away at the end at the day. Because they will be burning/scratching my eyes after few hours. And washing contact lenses won't help - they are just done. Probably fumes from flux cored MIG? I don't know, but I can't wear them for this reasson.

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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    No go - smoke and dust aggravate.

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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    Many years ago I had contacts and discovered that when skiing in a snowstorm I didn't need goggles! Ha Ha The snow hitting my eyes hit the lens and all was good. It was rather weird.
    Yes dirt under a lens is a bother but no they will not fuse to your eyeball.

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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    The primary problem is most modern contacts are micro-porous so as to allow the eye to “breath”. Dust, contaminates, and smoke particles get trapped in the pores of the contact and that is what causes the irritation.
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    Re: Contacts safe in welding?

    I wear them all the time. Glasses give me poorer vision. I'm exposed to a wide variety of contaminants including weld smoke. I keep an old pair souped for spray painting day. Otherwise I use them 3 months.
    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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