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fred_55
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Welding flash
 
« on: Jun 30th, 2013, 7:01pm »
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Just thought you might have heard of this one.
I remember in my youth that my brother got a dose of welding flash and it put him in hospital and felt like hot sand in the eyes.
A friend told me he had a cure for WF.  As soon as you do it, he said, close your eyes, but not tightly, and go to a dark place and don't open them until the dot has completely disappeared.  
I have to say I was sceptical, until yesterday when I was welding the final switch for my new station. I moved my arm and caught my elbow (funny bone) on a support just as the arc struck. As I recoiled  I got the full force of 100 amps straight in my eyes.
Surprisingly I remembered the "cure" so I kept my eyes closed, switched off the welder, pulled down the mask and sat down. Half an hour later the spot had slowly changed from white to blue to red to purple then it was gone (I could clearly see an image of the weld and the rod tip) and there's no problem since.
If it's an old wives tale, it's a good one
Pete


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Re: Welding flash
 
« Reply #1 on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 3:29pm »
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hey pete,
 
sorry to hear of your accident and relieved to hear that you are doing better.  do me and the rest of us a favor my friend...do have your eyes checked and imaged for even minor retinal damage.  that dog bites sooner than you might think!  glad you remembered the old wife's tale, but verify before putting your precious sight on the trust and faith of folklore.  if the doctor says ok, your quick action saved something you really don't want to lose.  having worked as a lighting & sound technician, i can tell you what i lost and would like to have back!?!  once gone, it stays gone.
 
keep up the good work!
 
 
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Re: Welding flash
 
« Reply #2 on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 4:59pm »
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Nice to know, but I have had my share of flash burns and I have to agree with George. Get it checked out and please let us know what you find out.
Take care,
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 3rd, 2013, 3:05am »
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Yes, mom, OK mom
 
Already been to the opto, the same afternoon. Told me there's no sign of damage. He did know the trick but said he'd never seen anyone completely unmarked, as they usually rub the eyes and try drops and things.
Btw. It is a risk working on your own, especially when there's no mobile phone cover and the nearest hospital is over an hour away.  
Oh and the eye guy told me I need glasses! doh.
Pete


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