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.