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    I have a MillerMatic and Miller Spoolamatic. I have an Eastwood 200 TIG. A few months ago, I had
    cataract
    surgery. I require reading glasses now and use 2.5 magnification readers for really close work. I just started back welding (MIG at first and SS using Tri-mix) and notice something that is baffling to me. I have 3 auto-tinting shields that are acting weird. Two large screens from Eastwood and one narrow screen from Harbor Freight. I also have a narrow shield from Miller. The Miller is not automatic. The Eastwoods require 2032 batteries. I added new batteries to them. I haven't figured out how to replace batteries on the one from HB. I don't see any battery holder or box. I may have to take it apart? All three will automatically darken after I strike an arc. But, none of them, now, will darken enough. I see a bright white ball (arc) and cannot adjust settings while welding stainless steel. I assume mild steel is the same. It is difficult to weld straight because of ball's brightness, regardless of semi-hiding arc with MIG tip. But, the white ball it is not painful or stressful, yet. I haven't tried welding other metals or my TIG. I replaced batteries but it didn't affect the Eastwoods. Eastwood said to set shields in the sun for a few hours. I did, including HF's. Same results with welding. The manual shield is now difficult to see AFTER striking an arc. It is really much darker than I can remember. I cannot see to weld at all with the manual shield. Anyone had
    cataract
    surgery and experienced the same or similar symptoms, please respond.

    My eye doctor said that I would not have any welding difficulties after surgery, which doesn't seem to be my case.

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    The first person you should be talking to is your eye doctor. I'm sure they can do a battery of tests to determine the status of your eyesight. As was mentioned on the WeldingWeb forum, your eyes might be taking a little longer to recover, or not. Only your eye doctor would be able to tell for sure.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by OscarJr View Post
      The first person you should be talking to is your eye doctor. I'm sure they can do a battery of tests to determine the status of your eyesight. As was mentioned on the WeldingWeb forum, your eyes might be taking a little longer to recover, or not. Only your eye doctor would be able to tell for sure.
      I go next month and I will ask why he hasn't been able to fix the astigmatism and why welding issues. THX

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