Last updated on June 19th, 2020.
Lasers and other forms of radiation are now widely used in different fields. From doctors to laboratory professionals, many people make use of radiation equipment to perform their various tasks properly. However, as useful as these technologies are, there is always the potential of them to cause harm. After all, radiation compromises health if not used the right way. One of the most vulnerable parts of the body for radiation users are the eyes. As such, we always strongly suggest that you provide protection to this pair of highly sensory organs. This is where the use of radiation protection glasses from Kemper Medical comes into play.
First, we’ll explain the need to have such glasses when working with lasers. You will need such protective equipment because concentrated forms of radiation such as lasers have the power to cause permanent damage to the eyes. In fact, we know of numerous cases of lasers causing permanent damage or even blindness to unsuspecting users! Such injuries can be highly debilitating and all efforts must be done to avoid such scenarios. The use of safety equipment such as radiation glasses can go a long way to ensure that you (and your colleagues) are protected from the harmful effects of radiation.
To better show why wearing eye safety equipment such as lead glasses is crucial, let’s talk about how radiation can potentially damage your eyes. There are many ways in which lasers and other forms of radiation can cause damage. Getting hit by a direct beam causes the most damage as your eyes will get maximum exposure. Accidental or not, it’s almost devastating enough to cause permanent eye damage. However, one must not restrict potentially damaging radiation to a direct hit. Even reflected or scattered beams can possess enough force to cause eye damage. This is why it is considered standard safety protocol to wear protective gear at all times when working with radiation.
Given the legitimate risk of eye damage, we consider it a must to wear radiation protection glasses, especially those sold by Kemper Medical (we’re one of the most affordable sellers of top-of-the-line radiation protection eyewear). In fact, it has now become mandatory for those who operate at or be within close range to radiation or any radiologic equipment. When looking for these glasses, there are some things buyers should consider. Here are some of the more important ones:
- Wavelength. Rays of radiation travel at different wavelengths. Nanometers or micrometers are used to measure the length of a particular wave. Indirectly, it can also be used to estimate the wave’s frequency. A glass should be configured in such a way that it blocks out radiation within a specific range of wavelength. Protection from multiple wavelengths of radiation would mean the use of more sophisticated materials.
- Design. Ideally, a set of protective glasses should be designed in such a way that it protects the wearer’s eyes from both direct and indirect radiation. This is where the design of your eyewear comes into play. There are radiation glasses that are designed to protect wearers from radiation coming from all directions while other glasses are only designed to provide protection only from direct radiation. For example, a diffuse viewing glass is specifically designed to protect you from scattered radiation.
- Field of vision. It is important for any kind of eyewear to provide a full range of vision. Not having such functionality not only reduces overall visibility, but also reduces its overall usefulness. It is a must that your safety glasses provide you with as much unobstructed view as possible. If it’s made impossible by critical design cues such as side shields, the view restriction must not be in such a way that it causes significant interference in what you are doing.
- Comfort. A good set of safety glasses must provide adequate protection without sacrificing comfort. If comfort must be sacrificed, it must not be to the point that the glasses are barely wearable. The shape, weight, and fit of the glasses have an impact on how comfortable the wearer can possibly be when wearing it. There are glasses that offer a great universal fit for almost all kinds and sizes of faces. There are now also safety glasses with adjustable fit. When you are comfortable wearing such protective eyewear, you’ll have higher chances of staying and being protected.
Getting radiation protection eyeglasses should be at the of your top priorities. If you are looking for a pair after reading this, please consider Kemper Medical. We sell some of the best brands in the business at the most affordable prices. Supplying hospitals, dental clinics, and laboratories worldwide, all of our products are tested and proven to be made of the highest quality without breaking your budget.