A Guide to Choosing Laser Safety Glasses

7 August 2019

Fit over laser safety glassesProtecting Their Eyes: A Guide to Choosing Laser Safety Glasses

Lasers are in use in many facets of our lives today.  For example, they use lasers in medical offices, dentist offices, eye surgery centers, research, education, and industrial applications.  You need eye protection when using a laser.  And, if you are in a medical facility, your patient and staff will need to wear protective eyewear as well.  So, how do you go about choosing the correct filter for your eyewear?  Here are few things you need to know:

  1. The wavelength of your laser
  2. Laser Power (watts)
  3. The OD (optical density) needed
  4. Application of your laser
  5. Type of laser
  6. Material for the filter (glass, polycarbonate, thin-film glass)
  7. Pulse Type (Continuous or pulsed)
  8. Do you require eyewear that fits over prescription glasses?

Most of the items above can be found in the manual that came with the laser.  You can send us the information above, and we can provide you a quote for the appropriate eyewear.  You may also just send us the manual and we can locate the information needed for your glasses.

Our laser safety glasses, goggles, and shields) protect the eyes from hazardous reflected or scattered high powered laser light (radiation) from Class 3R, Class 3B, and Class 4 lasers.

Laser protection is not something to be taken lightly. It is very easy to get injured while using a laser if you are not wearing the right personal protective equipment or taking the proper precautions. Always follow the guidelines outlined by your laser safety program and/or protocols outlined by your laser safety officer to ensure that you never risk injury. With many lasers, it may only take milliseconds of exposure for you to be seriously or permanently injured by direct or scattered laser radiation.

Choosing laser safety glasses can be challenging.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 770-332-0092, or email us at contact@rtlasersafety.com.  Alternatively, you may chat with us online or fill out the form below.  We look forward to working with you.

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