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Old 03-28-2013, 09:45 PM
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Ok I'll just say it, in a body class we used nice Miller helmets, but at home I just have a cheapie auto-darkening HF helmet--have been using it for several years now--and it works just fine. I always wear my safety glasses even under my welding helmet to further protect my eyes from the UV. Twice I made a big arc with my face just inches from it and forgetting to put my helmet down. Fortunately I had my safety glasses on and they protected my eyes from the UV. I went home that night in a sheer panic fearing I'd live the burned eyes stories I've read about, even went to sleep with potatoes on my eyes, but never experienced anything. UV won't penetrate a plastic surface so even clear safety glasses offer additional protection.
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