Eye injury – flash burns
Flash burns (welders flash) are common painful complaints following welding on farms. Flash burns occur when the cornea (the clear tissue that covers your eyes) has been exposed to ultraviolet light like the welding torch.
Symptoms develop five to 10 hours after exposure, and include burning watery eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Flash burns are painful and can cause permanent damage. They can be easily prevented by using eye protection such as a welder’s mask. Treatment can be local anaesthetic drops, pain killers and eye padding to rest the eye.