Archives for October 2012

Using KTP Lasers For Skin Treatments

KTP Laser is a type of laser that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. This post will highlight the key components of KTP lasers, their applications and important safety measures to follow.

Developed in the 1980’s, KTP lasers emit a green laser beam that is used in many aesthetic applications. KTP stands for Potassium Titanyl Phosphate. This specific type of laser system has opened many doors for dermatologists and clinicians as they treat various skin conditions. Many skin treatments that use the KTP laser are rosacea, solar lentigo, sun-damaged skin, skin resurfacing, spider veins, age spots and warts.

The KTP lasers are gentle and do not result in bruising, which allow patients to recover faster. Like all operating laser systems in health care facilities, protective eyewear is essential. The specific laser safety glasses or goggles needed for KTP laser procedures can be determined by the operating lasers wavelength range and optical density measurements.

There are other safety components that coincide with KTP laser operations, besides wearing the appropriate laser safety eyewear. Basic laser safety measures to follow in health care facilities:

  1. Avoid looking directly into the laser beam.
  2. Designate a controlled area for all laser procedures in your facility.
  3. Distribute Warning or Safety signs among laser areas.
  4. Only allow authorized, trained medical personnel to operate laser systems.
  5. Keep laser safety eyewear on throughout the entire time the laser is on.
  6. Do not wear eyewear that appears damaged.
  7. Consult with your laser safety officer (LSO) with any questions.

KTP laser systems continue to be a critical tool in treating various skin conditions. Remember, with all laser systems in health care facilities it is important to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of medical staff and patients.

The Excimer Laser: Treatments and Safety Tips

Invented in 1970, the Excimer Laser has served many medical purposes and continues to lead as a UV laser solution in the medical market.

Excimer lasers are gas lasers that emit strong pulses of light in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. The name excimer comes from excited dimer. This laser has the ability to remove considerably fine layers of surface material without altering the surrounding material. Excimer lasers are used in a wide range of medical applications today, including treatment of psoriasis, LASIK eye surgery and many refractive ophthalmology treatments.

Laser safety components established within your facility will keep your physicians, medical staff and patients protected. Safety regulations are also implemented by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) which both have required safety regulations. All health care facilities must enforce laser safety measures when working around high power class 3B and class 4 laser systems. Excimer laser safety glasses or goggles will help shield your eyes from harmful laser radiation during your excimer laser procedure. Ultraviolet lasers can cause severe eye damage such as corneal flash burns, photokeratits and cataracts to the eye. Not only do excimer lasers have potential harm effects towards the eyes, they can also be harmful towards your skin. The use of long-sleeved coats and gloves is highly recommended.

To keep protective laser eyewear intact, it is a good idea to store them in a protective unit similar to the Clearly Safe Acrylic Safety Eyeglass Dispenser. This dispenser can hold multiple pairs and can be mounted to the wall or table top.

The excimer laser continues to assist in a variety of medical applications. With a multitude of different types of treatments, medical staff in all health care facilities must take cautionary measures when working around high power lasers.

How To Preserve Your Staff’s Eyesight From Radiation

How are you protecting your medical staff’s eyes from radiation exposure?

Hopefully your answer is lead glasses. Lead eyeglasses (also known as radiation safety glasses) will block harmful radiation from entering the eyes. The eye is a sensitive and complex organ that requires careful attention and protection.

There are many safety precautions one must take in order to stay fully protected when working around radiation. Both direct and scattered radiation can cause harm to an individual’s eyes, so it is crucial that all medical facilities enforce radiation protection regulations among staff.

Radiation exposure can occur in many areas of a medical facility including – diagnostic, cardiac, interventional procedures, x-ray imaging, etc. This means that all physicians, nurses, dentists and radiology technicians must understand the importance of wearing lead glasses throughout procedures that emit radiation. In order to track the amount of radiation exposure your staff endures, radiation badges are to be used at all times when working with radiation. Radiation safety officers (RSO) review information from dosimeters to ensure the individual is under the regulatory dose limits. ALARA (As-Low-As-Reasonably-Achievable) is a radiation measure for minimizing radiation exposure that all medical facilities should follow. Three basic safety measures to follow when working around radiation:

  • Time: Minimize the amount of radiation exposure time.
  • Shield: Use protective gear, such as radiation glasses to protect sensitive organs.
  • Distance: Keep as far away as possible from the source of radiation.

Lead glasses are to be worn during all procedures and research that contain radiation. It is important to wear high-quality lead glasses to ensure full eye protection. The medical industry standards for lead equivalency in lead glasses are 0.75 mm. Lead glasses are available in a multitude of frame styles to fit the needs of your entire medical staff. Glass does not normally provide radiation protection. Lead glass is thicker and nearly three times denser than regular glass, giving lead glass the ability to block harmful radiation. We recommend consulting with your radiation safety officer for more local standards and  information for your facility. Remember, whether your staff is working around radiation every day or once a month, it is crucial to keep their eyes protected from harmful radiation exposure! If you have any questions or comments for keeping staff members safe against radiation, please let us know below.

Alexandrite Laser Systems: Increase In Medical Use

The Alexandrite laser was originally designed for scientific applications, but has become increasingly popular for medical use. In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of alexandrite lasers for hair removal. Since then hair removal, tattoo removal, vein removal, skin treatments, and many surgical procedures have been performed using this powerful laser system.

The alexandrite laser is known for its high repetition rate and uses a selective photothermolysis method, which is when an intense pulse of an energy-filled laser beam goes through the surface of the skin, targeting the desired area. The laser beam is converted into heat energy, which allows you to easily eliminate unwanted skin cells or hair follicles. The wavelength range of light used in the alexandrite laser absorbs melanin very well, making it beneficial for skin and hair treatments.

The medical staff operating the alexandrite laser, including the medical staff working around the laser system must have laser education and training. Questions about laser training can be answered by your facility’s laser safety officer (LSO). The LSO will also have the adequate information on your facility’s laser safety program. All personnel working around high-power class 3B or class 4 alexandrite laser systems must wear appropriate alexandrite laser glasses, according to ANSI (American National Standards Institute).  This is a crucial safety component because the slightest laser exposure to the eye can result in permanent damage. As a precautionary measure, it is important to place warning signs at the entrance of operating rooms. Warning and safety signs will provide medical personnel and patients proper safety information.

Maintaining a safe work environment is imperative when working around laser systems. The Alexandrite laser will continue to assist in many medical procedures as an essential tool. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

How Our Prescription Lead Glasses Are Made

Interested to know how our prescription lead glasses are made? Well, we have put together the process in 12 steps to illustrate how our manufacturer produces prescription lead glasses. Prescription lead glasses give those with eye prescriptions an alternative when selecting lead glasses.

  1. Data Entry  The first step is data entry. Your prescription information is entered into the computer to ensure you receive the correct prescription.
  2. Tracing the Frame The frame is traced by a device to match the lenses to the frame.
  3. Taping the Lenses The purpose of taping the lenses is simply to protect the front side of the glass, since the front side is already polished.
  4. Lens Layout and Blocking During this step a trained professional will place the lens on an axis using a blocking machine and attach a metal block to one side. The purpose of the metal block is so the lenses are able to fit within each machine, this will ensure the axis and prescription stay consistent.
  5. Cutting Your Prescription The glass lenses are placed into a curve generator which will precisely cut the prescription into the lens.
  6. Fining and Polishing  The lenses are placed into a cylinder machine for fining and polishing.
  7. Applying Scratch-Resistant Coating A scratch-resistant coat is applied to the lens to keep the glasses protected. The lenses are placed in a machine that impregnates the coating to the glass.
  8. Inspection for Coating Quality Trained specialists thoroughly inspect the quality of coating that has been applied to the lens.
  9. Edging to Frame Size The lenses are placed into a machine for the purpose of edging the glass. This will cool the lens so it will not break and also edge the glass by using diamond wheels.
  10. Assembly The lenses are carefully assembled into a frame.
  11. Inspection and Verification One of the trained specialists carefully inspects and verifies the glasses, making sure the alignment and lenses are correct.
  12. Your Prescription is Ready to Ship This is the last step in which our manufacturer will prepare and package your lead glasses for shipping.

The process is carefully performed by trained professionals to guarantee the highest quality. To watch these steps performed by our manufacturer, please visit

 

Prescription Lead Glasses – How They’re Made video on our YouTube channel.  If you have any questions or comments on this process, please let us know below.

What Are Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Lasers Used For?

It is important to understand how IPL lasers (Intense Pulse Light Lasers) work and how to keep medical staff and patients safe when working around IPL lasers. IPL is a technology used by many dermatologists and medical physicians for several different treatments.

The intense pulse light utilizes specific wavelengths of light to target molecules in the skin. The light energy is converted into heat energy allowing the laser to effectively work. Common medical applications for IPL lasers include:

  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Hair Removal
  • Treating Vascular Lesions
  • Skin Treatments: sun damage, age spots, freckles, scars, discoloration, birthmarks, fine facial wrinkles, stretch marks and thread vein removal

IPL lasers require laser safety measures in all health care facilities in order to protect both medical personnel and patients. There are many important laser safety measures including the proper wear of laser safety glasses for staff and patients. IPL Laser glasses and goggles are designed to protect against specific wavelength ranges from IPL lasers. Laser safety eyewear should be properly stored in a protective unit to keep glasses clean and intact. Laser procedures should take place in controlled areas. Properly identifying the controlled areas is crucial for safety matters with warning/safety signs, to alert medical staff and patients.

Laser safety officers (LSO) will have laser safety information if you have any questions about your own facility’s regulations. National standards are set by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), both providing laser requirements in all laser health care settings.

Intense Pulse Light Lasers will continue to be an essential tool for many skin medical treatments. It is important to take away that laser safety should be your first priority when working around high power lasers.

Fashion Forward Radiation Protective Eyewear

The current designs in radiation eyewear not only offer the highest eye protection, but also accommodate the latest eyewear styles of today. With this growing trend, it has become more common to find stylish lead glasses to protect your eyes against harmful radiation.

All medical personnel should feel comfortable wearing radiation glasses (commonly known as lead glasses) since it may be necessary to wear them for a long period of time. Considering individual preferences is an important factor in the medical workplace. Medical personnel directed to wear lead glasses often include physicians, radiologists, technicians and hospital staff.

Our most fashionable collection of lead glasses consists of the Wiley-X product line. Throughout this line you will find sleek wrap around designs offered in a few stylish colors. The variation of colors can be helpful to quickly identify a particular pair of glasses from others. The Jake Wiley-X Wrap Around glasses are available in both classic black and brown fade. With each uniquely designed frame you will find key features that set these lead glasses apart from many. The Wiley-X line also incorporates a sporty durable frame found in the Blink Wiley-X Nylon Wrap Around glasses, which will remain securely in place during any medical procedure or exam.

Many might question:  these stylish designed frames look and feel great, but are they going to fully protect my eyes against radiation? The answer is yes. We offer both style and safety in every pair of lead glasses. Each come with lead impregnated lenses that offer the industry standard .75 millimeter lead equivalency that will protect your eyes from harmful radiation.

To keep your lead glasses organized, a protective case, adjustable strap and microfiber pouch is included with many pairs. Remember to keep in mind lead glasses can be fashionable, stylish and functional.

The Many Applications Of Your YAG Laser System

Are you using a YAG laser in your medical facility? YAG (which stands for yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers were first developed in the 1960’s and serve as a popular laser for a multitude of medical procedures and treatments today.

YAG lasers produce a short-pulsed, high-energy light beam to cut, perforate or separate tissue.

The most common types of active laser mediums in YAG lasers are the Nd:YAG (Neodymium-doped) and ER:YAG (Erbium-doped) in the medical setting. The Nd:YAG laser is used in many surgical exams, including the following medical applications: treatments in ophthalmology, acute angle-closure glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, along with skin treatments, laser hair removal, hysteroscopy, and onychomycosis treatments.

Er:YAG lasers generally emit light within a wavelength of 2940 nm, which is considered infrared light. Er:YAG lasers are commonly used for laser skin resurfacing, treating acne scarring, wart removal along with oral surgery, dental treatments and otolaryngology. This specific type of laser has the diverse ability to perforate bone as well as soft tissue.

Since YAG lasers are commonly used in many medical applications, it is important to be aware of the harmful effects it can produce. Safety measures need to be enforced when working around any YAG laser, so Yag Laser Glasses are a must. The laser safety glasses should match the operating laser to provide the highest eye protection. You can find the laser frequency ranges in your laser manual or by consulting with your facility’s laser safety officer (LSO).  Medical personnel responsible for operating your laser systems should be fully trained and educated for operating and working around high power lasers.

The YAG lasers provide many benefits in today’s medical world. Proper knowledge and training around your YAG laser will help your physicians and medical personnel create a safe laser environment.