How Do I Select The Right Laser Eye Protection?

LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers emit a narrow beam of light and that beam of light is emitted in short bursts and focuses precisely on the desired target. The energy emitted by the laser can be absorbed, scattered, transmitted or reflected. When used in medical procedures, lasers transmit most of their energy to the intended target and that is why proper laser eye protection is so important.

The Eye is Vulnerable to Laser Radiation

The human eye is extremely vulnerable to laser radiation. When working with medium to high-powered laser systems, it is vital to wear the correct laser eye protection for the specified laser type. Unprotected exposure to lasers can result in the development of cataracts or even a corneal burn, which can ultimately result in vision loss. By selecting and wearing the appropriate pair of laser safety glasses, medical personnel can keep their eyes protected from applications and procedures that require a laser system. Protective laser safety glasses must be matched in terms of wavelength frequency and the type of laser being used (e.g., YAG laser glasses, Holmium laser glasses) for your specific application. That is why it is important to understand the consequences of laser radiation exposure.

3 Ways Lasers Can Damage Your Eyes

There are three ways that lasers can damage your eyes including thermal, photochemical, and mechanical damage. Laser safety glasses provide valuable laser eye protection by shielding vulnerable eye tissue from the high-intensity radiation emitted. Laser safety glasses are not only a vital safety component, they are also required in all facilities where medical, surgical, cosmetic or dental laser procedures are performed. Laser safety glasses are also used in research and forensic laboratories.

What Types of Eye Protection are Available?

There are several levels of laser eye protection available. Laser safety glasses are measured in optical density and this number reflects the ability of the filter to block the light that is transmitted at a particular wavelength. The higher the optical density, the more light from the wavelength is blocked. For example, laser safety glasses with an optical density of seven will block all but 0.00001% of the laser frequency.

How Do I Select the Right Laser Eye Protection?

Selecting the right laser eye protection may seem overwhelming; we have simplified the selection process for you by creating a white paper that discusses the eight key factors you’ll want to consider when selecting the right laser eye protection. It is extremely important to protect your eyes and yourself from the harmful effects of laser radiation. Remember, the damage done to your eyes from laser radiation exposure can be permanent. If you have any additional questions regarding how to select the right laser eye protection please comment below or email us at info@universalmedicalinc.com.

 

 

 

 

What You Need To Know About Your Laser Systems

Lasers emit a source of high-energy light, which can be focused to transmit light onto small areas. Medical lasers have been used in a variety of different applications and procedures for many years. They are used in many clinical, surgical, cosmetic, diagnostic and dermatologic procedures.

Laser Safety glasses are a primary safety requirement and should be worn at all times during laser procedures. It is a crucial that the operating laser and protective eyewear match. This post will highlight a few common lasers and their many applications in the medical arena.

YAG Lasers (Nd:Yag and Er:Yag) are commonly used in the following medical procedures: eye surgeries, dentistry, skin restoration treatments, hair removal, orthopedic procedures and more. This type of laser produces short-pulsed and high-energy light beams giving the ability to cut, perforate and separate tissue. All Yag lasers can be operated in continuous/pulsed or Q-switched mode. Yag Laser Safety Glasses will keep your medical staff and patients protected during Yag laser applications.

CO2 Lasers (carbon dioxide lasers) are very useful in surgical procedures because biological tissue absorbs this frequency of light well. Some medical uses are skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, treatments of skin conditions, microsurgeries and more. It is important to make sure all your medical personnel are properly trained for using and working around high powered lasers. Accidents can easily take place without the appropriate training and education.

Diode Lasers are often used in dentistry and medical applications and have the ability to emit many different ranges of wavelengths. Common medical uses for the diode lasers are hair removal, skin rejuvenation, varicose vein removal, dental applications, treatments of macular degeneration and carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Protective eyewear, like the Diode Safety Laser Glasses should be stored in a protective unit for safe keeping when they are not being used. Safety glasses dispensers will help keep glasses clean and organized.

Alexandrite Lasers are often used in cosmetic and dermatologic treatments also including fluorescence diagnostics. These lasers were developed to isolate and emit certain wavelengths of light to be used in a variety of medical and scientific purposes.

Your facility should be compliant with ANSI standards (Safe Use if Lasers in Health Care) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, both require staff to wear laser safety glasses or goggles when operating or around Class 3b and Class 4 lasers. These lasers can cause significant injuries to the eye, including partial/full loss of vision. There are many other important types of laser systems used in the medical setting and it is important to know the safety measures that are needed with each one. If you have any comments of questions, please let us know below!

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March 2014 is Workplace Eye Wellness Month! We’re really big on eye protection in the workplace, especially in medical and research fields. With over 700,000 work-related eye injuries each year, it’s crucial that workplace eye wellness awareness is discussed. This awareness month is a great time to focus on eye protection and wellness standards within your facility.

The National Safety Council states, “all it takes is a tiny silver of metal, particle of dust, or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage.”

A few preventative tips from Prevent Blindness include:

  • Visit an eye doctor to make sure you are seeing clearly, this will detect any potential vision problems.
  • When at a computer screen, sit 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Adjust text size on your screen to an appropriate level for you.
  • Change your office lighting so that it lowers glares and reflections.
  • Sit in a chair that can be adjusted.
  • Select screens that can tilt and move, and a keyboard that can adjust as well.
  • The Vision Council recommends the 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

To find more about protecting vision in the workplace, be sure to visit Prevent Blindness organization.