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How Vital Is Protective Eyewear?

Your Trained Eyes Are Crucial on the Job

Your eyes are a key component of your critical skills on the job. That’s why it’s vital that those eyes are protected from two potentially damaging threats: scatter radiation and laser light.


How does radiation affect your eyes?

Studies show that the primary health risk is the development of cataracts, a clouding of the eye lens over time. That’s why many healthcare professionals such as interventional radiologists and cardiologists, as well as doctors using fluoroscopy, wear protective eyewear or leaded glasses—whether they’re outfitted with clear, non-prescription lenses, or customized with prescription lenses.

In fact, according to a recent article in Radiology Today, all radiology staff at Duke University’s Health System utilize protective equipment including leaded eyewear as their standard procedure. Similarly, all medical professionals who operate fluoroscopic equipment at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, wear leaded eye protection during fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures, says Maynard High, PhD, director of the center’s medical physics division, also as reported in Radiology Today.


What are the implications for longtime healthcare professionals?

Although protective eyewear is widely used, it wasn’t always the case. And medical professionals who’ve been exposed for longer periods of time on the job, especially during earlier years when protections weren’t as readily available or known, are at greater risk now.

Melody Pierson, RT(R), CRA, manager of imaging services at UCHealth Greeley Hospital in Greeley, Colorado, recounts seeing an eye doctor several years ago who revealed that she had a cataract developing in her eye. “When she told him she had been a radiology tech for 30 years, he said, ‘That’s why you have it,’” according to an article in Radiology Today.

Additionally, “Norman J. Kleiman, PhD, who works in the Eye Radiation & Environmental Research Laboratory at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, explains, ‘The longer amount of time you've been practicing interventional medicine, the more likely you are to have changes in your lens associated with radiation exposure. And the more likely you are to have progression to radiation cataracts that impact vision.’”


How is Bar-Ray protecting the valued vision of healthcare professionals? 

Bar-Ray offers a wide range of protective, durable, yet stylish eyewear, including brand name options from Nike. Details matter, so we offer glasses with:

  • Sport wrap styles
  • Rubberized temples
  • Ventilated nose bridges that reduce fogging
  • Many additional features!

All Bar-Ray eyewear can be customized with prescription lenses. Many frames can also be outfitted with side shields to reduce additional potential exposure.

If glasses are not your preference, Bar-Ray also offers:

  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • Laser safety glasses
  • Safety glasses

See Bar-Ray’s Protective Eyewear Catalog to consider the options—and to protect your sight.

Want to learn more about eye health? Here’s additional information about the importance of preventing cataracts.

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