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Old 04-22-2006, 02:25 PM
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Well, just came back form the eye doctor. I had an irritation for some time and a very small bump was developing on the white part of my eye which felt as though there was a small amount of foreign matter in there. It showed up only after the small pump started to protrude a bit into my cornea.

Long story short, the doctor says it's a pterygium (also spelled pterigium). A condition where the white tissue in the eye starts enlarging. Traditiional surgery usually makes it worse (i.e., makes it grow faster) It's a condition primarily caused by over exposure to UV radiation and is mostly common in equatorial regions where people are exposed to constant sunlight, BUT it is also very common in weldors.

In my case, I haven't welded in a production shop for over 20 years. I mostly do hobby welding work when restoring cars. Apparently though, the UV exposure is cumulative. So here's a lesson for all the young folks. Don't do any welding without proper protection. The popular TV programs always show folks closing their eyes when tacking -- don't do it. Wear the helmet.

Surprisingly, the doctor told me that pterygium is rising among weldors. He speculates that the new electronic (auto-shade) helmets are the cause. Even though these units are fast, some intial UV radiation gets into your eye and the effect is cumulative.

I caught it in time and am scheduled for a new type of surgery next month. Here is some more info --

Pterygium

No lectures here, just something to ponder for you younger folks.

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Old 04-22-2006, 02:39 PM
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that sucks..more stuff to look forward to.
hopefully breathing all those toxic fumes will kill me first
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Old 04-22-2006, 05:00 PM
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that sucks..more stuff to look forward to.
hopefully breathing all those toxic fumes will kill me first
I agree. Driving a forklift all day for 84 hours a week in a freezer is starting to sound better.
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:05 PM
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I thought the miller elites blocked 100% of uv radiation wether they were dark or not?...maybe i heard wrong?
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:25 PM
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You know, for some like myself, wearing the new auto-dark helmets and not being the all-trusting soul that I am, I do still close my eyes until after the arc has started. I started doing that quite by instinct due to my concerns of just how fast the lense would darken.

Guess I don't feel as silly now as I did before.
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:36 PM
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I still use my old fashion helmet, Metal Fabric, I believe. I have several shades for it and even bifocal lenses. I do have a auto darkening helmet, but I haven't used it much, some times for quick jobs, but some body told me to close my eyes when you strike an arc with those and then open your eye after it had gone dark.

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Old 04-22-2006, 10:09 PM
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open your eye after Jerry
Maybe too late?
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:58 PM
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And here is what Hornell says....http://www.hornell.com/hsi/faqautod.html
BTW, you cannot possibly blink as fast as an AD lense darkens.
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:35 PM
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That information was very interesting, but I can't find a brand name on my auto darkening bucket. It's not HF, but it may be in the same category.

Jerry
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:19 AM
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He speculates that the new electronic (auto-shade) helmets are the cause.
Speculate is the key word. I guess its better to be safe than sorry though.
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