What Is Welder’s Flash?
Welder’s flash, or flash burns, happen when the eyes are suddenly exposed to high levels of bright light. This can obviously happen while welding, tending fires, looking at direct sunlight, looking at other extremely bright surfaces, and looking into bright lights or lamps.
If you have welder’s flash you will experience extreme pain in your eye. No matter what, you should see a doctor right away. Don’t try to do anything at home first, don’t even rinse out or touch your eye.
This article is here to help you with treating eye pain once your get home from the hospital. Remember to go back to the doctors if your eye pain worsens or if your vision starts to blur. Be especially careful when it comes to light and pressure on your eye. Follow these natural home remedies to learn how to ease the pain from welder’s flash.
8 Natural Home Remedies For Welder’s Flash
One home remedy to try to prevent welder’s flash is to wear sunglasses or some other protective eye-gear. If you have already gotten welder’s flash, then wearing sunglasses can also help to protect your eye from further irritation and pain. Wear sunglasses whenever you go outside until your eyes are completely healed and healthy again.
#2. Eye Patch
After you get welder’s flash it is advisable to wear an eye patch if only one eye has been effected. This will keep your eye safe from extra sunlight and irritation. When you have an eye patch try not to drive. Having only one good eye can make your depth perception go out of whack and make it more dangerous for you to drive or operate machinery. Have someone drive you to the hospital instead of trying to drive yourself.
#3. Cold Gauze
Using cold gauze is another natural remedy that can help to ease the pain from welder’s flash. Have someone get some gauze and dip it in cool water. Once this is gone, put the gauze over your injuries eye. This should help to numb the pain a little and also keep the area damp. When the cause stops being warm, replace it with another piece of cold gauze. Do this until your eye feels a little better, and then go to the hospital.
#4. Tea Bags
Tea bags are one of the best home remedies that can work in much of the same way as cold gauze can, but it can work even better. Make some tea with tea bags, but then instead of keeping the tea bag in the tea, put it in a refrigerator or freezer so that it can cool down faster. While you wait you may drink the tea, as this may help you to calm down. When you are done with the tea, close your eyes and put the tea bags on top of it. This should help to keep your eyes cool, and it should be able to keep your eyes cooler longer than cold gauze can.
To make sleeping more comfortable, wear an eye patch and gauze. This will keep a little pressure on your eye, but not enough to cause pain. Fold up a piece of gauze and place it on your eye, and then put on your eye patch. Try not to touch the eye patch or gauze as this could move them out-of-place. This can help to prevent you from openly your eye too quickly in the morning, which would cause extra pain.
#6. Artificial Tears
Prescription or not, artificial tears can do a lot of good for a sore eye. Depending on what kinds of drops you use, they should be able to either numb your eye, or relax your eye muscles enough to reduce the pain, but not fully numb them. This works the best if you put in the drops and then cover your eye with an eye patch. Wipe away any of the drops or tears that come out of your eye after you apply the drops. Do this as often as prescribed or as often as the box or bottle suggests.
#7. Don’t Touch
If you get welder’s flash it is very important to make sure that you do not touch your eyes. This can cause more pain, and possibly more damage as well. If for some reason you do need to touch your eye, make sure that your hands are clean. It is best to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before doing anything to help your eyes.
#8. What to Avoid
While there is not so much that you can do to help your eye without medical intervention, there is a lot that you can do to hurt it. Whatever you do, DON’T do anything on this following list: Look at bright lights, wear contacts, drive, touch your eyes, rub your eyes, rinse out your eyes, and going outside without wearing sunglasses.
Hopefully these natural remedies can help with your welder’s flash.