Did not want to hijack Carols thread but Stu posted on it about a decent welding helmet.
He did not quiet elaborate on the downside of this issue outside of the protection of eyes etc.
I thought to bring out the seriousness of this for new welders i would make a standalone post so those who have experienced arc eye (that's what i call it don't know if you guys have the same term) can post about theirs.
Given where i grew up the most popular form of welding in private home hobby use hands, was stick welding and no fancy auto dark helmets , one thing even experienced welders ended up with from time to time was arc eye.
As a kid i got this several times and its not an experience i want to ever go through again. My first was for looking at someone else welding ( duh dumb eh but all kids are dumb and i did not have helicopter parents) the second time was not looking but being in the vicinity of the arc flash and it got me from the side of my eye.
I have spent hours trying to determine the specs on these auto dark helmets because of the difference in pricing and marketing blurb.
I have not yet pulled the trigger on a helmet because i want to be sure that auto detect and darkness circuit is the best money can buy. The reaction time and darkness are not easy specs to come by for each of these helmets other things aside such as the mechanical fit and sturdiness of the headgear part. I have seen the auto darkness helmets go for close to $50 at the low end realistically that has to be a cautionary signal when you consider the price of the one Stu linked to.
At the time i got arc i it burned for more than a day, stings like crazy.
Does anyone know if there is medicinal solution to it that remedies the effect sooner nowadays? Sure is not something i want to experience again in my life never mind the damage it does to the eye.