How To Properly Select A Pair Of Lead Glasses

Even the smallest exposure to x-ray radiation to the eye can cause radiation poisoning. The symptoms of radiation poisoning include weakness, nausea and hair loss. This is why lead glasses should be worn at all times when working around radiation. These glasses are able to block a significant amount of radiation that comes from diagnostic imaging machines.

Lead glasses are used in radiology labs, hospitals and dentist offices. They are often worn by the patient who is receiving the treatment and the healthcare staff. How do radiation glasses protect the eyes from radiation? These glasses are able to absorb the radioactive particles and scatter the particles away from the eye. They are able to reduce the amount of radiation the eyes are exposed to by about 98%.

There are several factors you should consider when selecting the right pair of lead glasses. First of all, you should look at the lead equivalency of the radiation glasses’ lens . The medical industry standards for lead equivalency of lead glasses are .75 mm. You should make sure that the radiation glasses meet the industry standards or exceed them to insure adequate protection from radiation exposure. If you are looking for glasses that offer the maximum protection, there are models available with side shields to provide additional wrap around protection.

Next, you should look at the amount of visibility of the lead glasses. The lens should offer clear visibility during medical procedures. Many radiation glasses can come with a prescription or bifocal lens. It is also possible to purchase radiation goggles, which can fit over a pair of prescription glasses.

In terms of fit, you should make sure the nose piece of the lead glasses fits comfortably and securely on the nose. The ear piece of the glasses should either wrap around or rest on the ear. To offer the maximum amount of protection from radiation, the frame of the lead glasses should fit closely to the side of your head. This close fit will allow the glasses to stay on during medical procedures.

And remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. Always wear your lead glasses when working around radiation.



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