Eye aches after welding
On Monday, I did a relatively small amount of MIG Welding. About a half hour of welding sheetmetal.
I used an Auto Darkening Helmet and it seemed to be working properly. I had no real issues while welding, but noticed that night that my eyes seemed a little dry/tired. Same thing the next day. On Wednesday, my right eye(and only my right eye) got red and sore and sensitive to sunlight, and watered quite a bit. My right nostril also got stuffy/runny (left nostril basically unaffected) Today(Thursday) it is not as bad, but is still light sensitive and watering some. Except for the watery eye my vision is normal in both eyes.
I don't think I got any material in my eye so I ASSUME it is from the light from the welding, but I don't understand why only one eye seems to be affected.
Has anyone experienced this?
How long did "it" last?
Did you use drops etc? If so, what?
Did you get any medical treatment?
Any permanent eye damage?
Any thoughts/suggestions on why this happened, or how to prevent it from happening again?
Do the Auto Darkening Helmets wear out?