It all a big conspiracy by elf'n'safty... you're no wimp, try it without.
(and when the nice lady in A&E mentions "arc eye", you can tell her not
to be silly, because you looked real close, and could not see any UV, so
obviously there was none there!)
If you are intent on being a plonker and don't believe the warnings given
here by all means at you own risk go ahead and give your self arc eye. It is
VERY painful and as other have said can have lasting consequences.
But as an already reduced to one eyed Cyclops as I am, if you do, I think
that you are an utter fool and don't see why the NHS should be burdened with
idiots like you.
In article ,
"Gefreiter Krueger" writes:
You can't see how bright it is - it saturates the recepters.
You can't see the UV components at all.
Different UV wavelengths and intensities have different effects.
Many years ago when gyms might have had high-bay mercury vapour lamps,
one of the hazards was the outer bulb breaking (e.g. hit by a ball or
similar). The lamp seems to carry on working, but somewhat dimmer.
After about half an hour in the gym, typically just as the players
are leaving, they would start to detect stinging in their eyes. The
timing is such that showering was sometimes blamed. Later in the
day/evening, badly bloodshot eyes, and serious stinging. This was
all due to the UV exposure caused by the missing outer glass bulb
in the gym. UV exposure such as this is known to lead to early
onset cateracts, and a contributor to macular degeneration.
The lighting problem required a change to the design of mercury
vapour lamps. The wires inside the outer bulb were changed such
that they burn out on exposure to oxygen, so that a mercury vapour
lamp with a smashed outer bulb (which normally stops the UV) will
quickly burn out and stop the lamp working.
But I've been dazzled by things, and it wasn't dazzling. Perhaps it's because it's such a small point?
P.S. I ignored the "you must wear special glasses" when watching the solar eclipse around 2000, and never fell foul (fowl?) of anything.
Well thanks for about the only sensible reply in the thread. I shall use a mask.