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    Flashed!!!

    Hello guys, in my welding class today I got my electrode ready to be struck and I have a flip down hood I got ready to drop it and for some reason I moved my hand and struck the arc. I was looking right at it, I was seeing a big dot like after you look at a bright light. I looked away really quick but I still got it I had my safety glasses on that say they block out 99.9% uv light I have been flashed before and did not get flash burned, do you think I will get a flash burn even though I had the glasses on?

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    I know the time I got welders flash I had to go to the ER because my eyes burned so bad I couldn't stand it. I think if you got welder's flash you would know it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartdave View Post
    I know the time I got welders flash I had to go to the ER because my eyes burned so bad I couldn't stand it. I think if you got welder's flash you would know it
    It literally just happened like 10 mins ago xD I was just wondering if I should expect it

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    I have yet to get it and have been welding 5-6 years, I have looked at the arc so many times but only for a split second. I think you are fine, it does blind you for a hot second though haha.
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    Dead meat.

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    Clear safety glasses should protect you for the occasional flash. It's the continuing exposure usually reflected off something to the side or behind you and back into the hood then off the welding lens that will get you.


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    'Buck up' - the really-bad aspects of welding are years ahead of you . . .

    This is an edited reprint from 01/19/15 - Arc eye!?

    You may be attributing two distinct phenomenon into one causality.

    For lack of proper medical terminology: I'll call the 1st an Optic-Flash,
    momentary blindness; and the 2nd - a Flash-Burn - the sand in the eyes feel.

    The first: you usually get from yourself as a result of a split-second fumble
    of a hood flip, lead snag, or a surprise from a co-worker. Instantly all you
    can see: is the big-white-light we all know.

    The Retina is the interior lining of the eye which transmits optic message to the
    brain; it has been over stimulated, and simply requires sometime to normalize.

    Repeated intense Optic-Flashes have been associated with retinal detachment,
    and the incident is slightly higher in near-sighted individuals [glasses]. All we
    can do is to be careful.

    A Flash-Burn: the 'sand in the eyes pain' which is so celebrated, occurs when
    the Sclera - the white outer wall of the eye - gets sunburned. Unless you have
    painted the inside of your hood silver and placed a mirror behind you while
    welding you cannot get this from yourself. A Flash-Burn occurs from prolonged
    exposure to indirect, oblique light, typically from the welding going on around
    you.

    Prolonged-exposure multiplies vectors intensity. Portable welding shields are
    the simplest prevention.


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    If you got flashed, you'll know it about 2 am when it feels like your eyes are being sandblasted. A flash normally clears up by the next morning but sometimes a bad flash might require you to wear an eye patch for a day. If your eyes get sore try not to rub them but if they stay sore don't assume it was a flash. Get to the Dr. to have them checked to make sure there is nothing that got in them.

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    If they burn put a slice of raw potato on each eye lid. Works for me
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    You rang

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    Whatever you do don't update the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikecwik View Post
    Whatever you do don't update the thread.
    He's blind now, can't find it.

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    Re: Flashed!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fnord5 View Post
    He's blind now, can't find it.
    Lol my bad you guys. I actually did not get any burn from the flash none of the sand in the eyes or redness. I guess the safety glasses do what they say xD

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    Re: Flashed!!!

    I have yet to get the burning at night because of flashing myself.
    And I have done it MANY times in 40 years.

    What you do to prevent it and some think I am nuts/kidding...

    When you get the flash..if there is flourecent lighting where you are as soon as you can stare at the light for about a minute...

    Put mask down and continue welding.

    It works.
    It really does.


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