Radiation safety is important whether you work at a hospital, dental practice, x-ray lab, or another imaging facility. You should adequately protect your entire body against potentially dangerous radiation by wearing the correct protective apparel or your long-term health and well-being could be significantly affected. Choosing the right x-ray lead apron is an excellent way to protect your body, but you must also protect your eyesight with protective eyewear.
Your eyes are one of the most vulnerable body parts yet they often are the most exposed for those working with radiation or for those receiving treatment as a patient. Radiation eyewear work to shield the eyes from radiation by absorbing radioactive particles and scatter radiation away. A high-quality pair of glasses can reduce the amount of radiation exposure by up to almost 98%.
Radiation glasses are the solution to properly protect your eyes from radiation poisoning that could be caused by diagnostic imaging machines. But how do you select the best radiation safety glasses for your needs?
First, you need to be clear about the situations that will require eyewear protection. Knowing the strength of radiation protection and the type of exposure (whether straight on or multiple angles) is imperative. You do this by looking at the lead equivalency of the lens of the leaded eyewear.
The industry standard for lead equivalency of lead glasses is .75 mm. Choose a pair of radiation safety glasses that meets or exceeds this standard if you want to ensure sufficient protection from harmful radiation.
Along with safety, comfort is a major factor in your eyewear selection as this could affect your job performance. Finding the right balance of comfort and protection is key for your radiation glasses, and this is best achieved through the fit of the glasses. The dimension of safety glasses include these sizings, measured in millimeters:
- Eye size
- Bridge size
- Temple size
The eye size of the radiation glasses refers to your viewing area through the lens and is measured by the lens height and the lens width. For a comfortable and safe fit, make sure the nose bridge, or nose piece, sits securely and pleasantly on the nose. The temple legs, or earpieces, of the glasses should rest gently on the ears or wrap around them more for security. For thorough radiation protection, the frame width of the glasses should be so that the glasses fit closely to the sides of your face. Finally, the weight will tell you the overall weight in grams of the pair of glasses. All of these factors and measurements will allow the glasses to fit properly and ultimately stay on during procedures and protect the wearer.
For those requiring vision correction, it is possible to have a prescription or bifocal lens in radiation glasses. You can also purchase a pair of radiation goggles that fit over your prescription glasses (see the Cover Guard Glasses below.)
If you are looking for the best radiation safety glasses, here are some of the offerings from Techno-Aide including Nike radiation glasses:
The Nike® Brazen Boost radiation safety glasses are made of a premium, full-rim plastic frame for men and women. These stylish glasses have a sleek, modern, rectangular shape with a single bridge. Each pair of glasses feature a rubber temple to provide a secure and comfortable grip.
The Nike® Brazen Shadow radiation safety glasses have all of the same feature as the Boost, but offer a larger fit.
The Nike® Brazen radiation safety glasses are made of a premium, nylon frame and metal accents for a superior look. These stylish glasses combine streamlined style, comfort, and lightweight durability. Each pair of glasses feature a ventilated nose bridge for reduced fogging.
The Nike® Flip radiation safety glasses feature a classic, 6-base design for everyday use. These stylish glasses are constructed of a lightweight and durable nylon frame. Each pair of glasses include upgraded stopper hinges for extended durability.
The Premium Radiation protective glasses are constructed with an adjustable nosepiece that allows for added comfort and a secure fit.
The Deluxe Radiation protective glasses are constructed with a unique shape of the lenses and the comfortable adjustable nose pads offer a sleek and lightweight feel.
The Standard Radiation protective glasses feature a wraparound design with dual removable side shields for ultimate protection. Each pair has rubber-coated temple bars and a saddle bridge nose pad for a secure and comfortable fit. These frames provide an additional 0.5mm lateral protection.
The Economy Radiation protective glasses feature a sturdy and comfortable "Classic Safety Style." Each pair features a perforated brow guard, silicone nose guard, and a rubberized temple bar for a secure fit and a sleek and lightweight feel. Included dual lateral shields protect around the orbit of the eyes and provide an additional 0.5mm lateral protection.
The Convertible Radiation protective glasses feature a wraparound design with dual removable side shields for ultimate protection. Each pair has rubber-coated temple bars and a saddle bridge nose pad for a secure and comfortable fit. These frames also provide 0.5mm lateral protection.
The Rugged Radiation protective glasses feature rubberized soft grip temple bars for a secure fit. They have 8-Base wrap-around lenses offering full protection for the orbit of the eyes.
The Ultra Guard Radiation protective glasses offer a stylish and durable wrap-around frame. These ultra-light and modern radiation safety glasses feature curved lenses that add to the lateral protection of the eyes. This frame design fits best for Medium and Large-sized faces.
The Cover Guard Radiation protective glasses offer a stylish and durable glasses cover. These premium radiation covers slip quickly and easily over a normal pair of prescription glasses. These ultra-light and comfortable glasses feature a molded nose piece and excellent front and side visibility. The Cover Guard design fits over almost any style of normal glasses.
All of the above Techno-Aide Radiation Safety Glasses are constructed of high impact, TR-90 nylon. The premium SF-6 Schott anti-reflective glass ensures enhanced distortion-free, radiation reduction with 0.75mm lead Pb equivalency protection. If you have any questions about choosing the best pair of x-ray protective glasses, contact us today for assistance.