I'm sure you could grab some UV and ND10,000 filters, and some pipe-cleaners, and hack yourself a very nice-looking pair of goggles without needing to buy a welder's mask...

There used to be a sign up in the woodworking shop at my high school "noise loud enough to annoy, given time will destroy". The same is probably true of light, if it hurts to look at it, it ain't good for you...