What do you know about welder's flash? I always protect my eyes behind the
welding mask with a sunglass that protects against UVC rays, which they say
are the one's that produces redness of the eyes. Whenever I weld for many
hours I use these glasses. Also, I am inclined to use a shade 11 lens with
the helmet, instead of the much "standard" number 10. Also, I use an eye
wash after welding and Murine drops. I have never suffered from welders
flash, however, one night many months ago I woke up with one eye feeling the
welder's flash. I think it was more the fumes from the welding that caused
the irritation because I remember that my fan was blowing the fumes towards
that eye. Maybe some welder's flash are caused by the fumes and not by the
flash itself. What can you say about this?
Check that your tear duct is working on that side. Rub your finger against
the inside of your nose next to the dry eye. You might have a plugged tear
duct. Dust, dirt or a minor infection can plug the duct.
Any safety glasses with side shields will protect you from flash. You
don't need shaded glasses. In some places it is a requirement that all
welders wear safety glasses under their helmets. It eliminates eye flashes.
The only people who get flashes while wearing safety glasses are the ones
who wear them on top of their head. I have seen that done and the guy was
off for several days after tack welding by just closing his eyes.
Well, my parents owned a drugstore here in Puerto Rico and I saw many people
who went into an eye operation just by receiving one flying spark from a
grinder. About welder's flash I never saw anyone who went to the pharmacy
to ask for help, many weldors here were very professional in the 1960's to
the 80's. I usually hold my breath when welding, and after some minutes I
retire from the job about 5 or 10 feet. Never weld inside a closed room.
Never weld even closing eyes, that is (I think) dangerous. I also hold my
breath for accuracy, just like when I was in the US Army firing the M-16.
This gave me some accuracy.
Randy: Yes it's true, however, I feel more safer when I use the shaded
glasses. I read on one manual that what causes the welder's flash are the
UVC (ultra violet c rays) rays. Normally, safety glasses don't have this
protection, I believe?
Just about any glasses, with glass or plastic lenses, will stop UV. The
best reason for wearing safety glasses under the hood is to stop the red
hot BBs that sometimes get in there from hitting your eyes.
I've done my share of that, but I always make sure the gun comes between
me and the arc.
I worked in one shop where they ran 95/5 argon/oxygen, *very* bright
flash.. strange thing, late on Sunday my eyes would feel burned and
they'd be pretty uncomfortable Monday morning. Come lunchtime they'd
feel fine again for the rest of the week, no idea why but it was
consistent week to week.
What do you know about welder's flash. Too much. I've welded for about
30 years. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much. I've never had
welder's flash until about a month ago. I did something very stupid and
watched what seemed like just a few seconds of tig because I was
letting someone else use the helmet. I thought everything was fine
until in the middle of the night, I had such intense pain that I would
have liked to dig my eyes out of their sockets. I ended up being driven
to the emergency room, where they can give you drops that almost
instantly make the pain go away. It is a very dramatic change from so
much pain, to almost none in such a short period. But the bad thing is
that the drops only last for 20 minutes or so and they can only use the
drops for a short period, because it would damage your eyes if used
over any length of time. They gave me some pain killers. You hope that
they kick in before the drops wear off. Not so in my case. Luckily,
your eyes are one of the fastest healing parts of your body. I was fine
after a day.
You can use this as a cautionary tale if you'd like, but it's never
going to happen to me again if I have anything to do with it. If you do
start to have that gritty feeling in your eyes and suspect you have
welders flash, get to a medical facility asap. It will save you many
hours of pain.
Not proud of it,
Ok, what about this? Sometimes your eyes get burned and you don't feel
anything for some hours because (I think) there are parts from your cell's
eyes that die and then they become like cell worms. After these cell groups
form a worm, your eyes stick to these worms and they begin to sore. After a
day when you solder too much and with a low shade helmet, try to use
eyewashs (Baush & Lomb, etc.). This helps, I have proved it. I have soldered
about 8 hours sometimes and at night I am reading as if nothing happened to
me in the day. I am also thinking that here in Puerto Rico, because we have
a bright and hot sun, our eyes get accustomed to harsh conditions. I avoid
at all means to see the flash of welding. Thanks for your advise.
Another thing, many people tend to see the flash because sometimes the stick
is difficult to flash, even if you raise your machine's amps, and in their
struggle to flash the stick they get desperate and try to see what is
happening. Here they see more flashes. What I do is that I tap or stike the
stick to concrete (yes, no ground) to expose more of the cover, because I
have noticed that sticks are very hard to flash when you stop a work and try
to continue. Sometimes the inner core melts to the inside, and the stick
does not flash.
The one time I thought I had welders flash was when I got a small piece
of slag in my eye. I had stupidly chipped the slag without eye
protection (6013 slag if anyone is interested :-)). Coincidentally,
that same day I flashed myself, so my assumption was the discomfort was
due to welders flash. It had that sandy feel that people describe, but
was only in one eye. Eventually, I flushed my eye out by dunking my
head in the bathtub and opening and closing my eyes. That spelled
I don't know if you have noticed this:
Usually welder's flash is not immediate, it takes some time after you are,
lets say, "infected" or "injured".
Before the welder's flash you begin to feel that your eyes are tickling or a
After you get the welder's flash it is very difficult to abort it.
That is why I believe that you must wash your eyes with some brand eye washs
before it takes all over.
Also, sometimes we must try to see if the cause was the fumes or that they
were the flashes itselfs.
In your case it is difficult to be sure what caused the irritation (after
all, what is "welder's flash" if not an irritation of the eyes?). Anyhow,
the contents of the slag are enough to cause irritation. Thanks for the
And, also, these is one of the reasons I hate the 6013 stick, too much slag.
When I use the 6011 little slag forms, and you can wire brush it away.... I
continue to say that every type of stick has its uses, so consult the