if the pain is severe or he has trouble seeing he should see the doctor, sorry. if there is a problem and he got it from WORK, it should be covered with workers comp.
otherwise, take cold gauze pads and put them on his eyes until they get warm, then repeat. at night, cover with gauze and eye patch(es). you can always call the doctor and just ask for advice. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to relieve the pain and swelling associated with the welder's flash burn. Ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen are all choices that will temporarily reduce pain.
one time my husband got metal flakes in his eye and scratched it up... hes a toughy cuz he woke up at midnight and i took him to the ER and the doctor was amazed he didn't come in sooner cuz it was bad. he had to use a salve and special drops and have his eyes patched over for a couple of days cuz of it. nottt fun.
at 10:58 PM on Feb. 11, 2010