Lingering Eye Damage from Intense Light?
I just wanted to express some of my recent concerns regarding the health of my eyes. I'm a 22 year old male in the US.
To preface this, I do have OCD and bad anxiety so I acknowledge there's a good chance I'm just over thinking this and causing myself unneeded stress. But with that out of the way I'll explain my concern.
About five months ago I got a brazing kit (torch) that enabled me to melt things such as steel. And well, I did just that with it, I decided to test it out on some steel I had laying around and worked on it for around 10 or so minutes to melt it with the torch. I noticed when I finally got it melting it was very bright (white hot) and I wasn't wearing any eye protection at the time. Afterwards I did have the dark purple after image splotch in my vision for what I'd say was 15 – 30 minutes before that finally went away and I no longer noticed anything.
Now fast forward 5 months later (to now) and I realized I might have a subtle after image splotch where I presume it originally was. I seem to only notice it if I blink my eyes in quick succession or when I'm just waking up and I open my eyes for the first time to day light. It could have always been there, I could be so anxious about it that I'm causing it, or possibly it is lingering damage from the steel melting I did. I guess I'm here for reassurance, but I understand that I'm likely just making my anxiety worse by doing such. It's quite hard to fight the urge to ask around when you have a concern as strong as this.
I am going to see an optometrist here soon as I need to order more contacts for myself, so they can take a peak at my eyes and also see if they notice anything. But overall I'm just looking for someone with experience to tell me whether or not what I did could have irreversibly caused damage to my eyes. I didn't experience any pain in my eyes, but it did cause an after image for a while until that went away and I'm now just left worrying if there's still subtle damage there.
Thank you! Hope I don't come off as ridiculous for worrying about something such as this, it's just hard when you can't get it off of your mind.