Eye Safety in a Dental Office

Dentist Wearing Safety GlassesWhen you go to the dentist, you expect to leave with your teeth in better shape than when you arrived. What you certainly don’t expect is to leave with an eye injury or infection.

Yet, that’s exactly what can happen if eyes are not protected during dental procedures. This danger exists both for patients and for dental professionals.

Injury and infection in the eyes can come from a variety of hazards in a dental office. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and What Kind of Eyewear Should You Be Wearing say that both patients and dental team members can be injured or receive infections in many ways including but not limited to the following:

  1. Ocular contusions from clamps and sharp instruments.
  2. Conjunctivitis linked to waterline contaminant. This can include adenovirus and herpes simplex.
  3. Mechanical trauma from instrumentation transfer or particles projected by dental handpieces, which produce a velocity of up to 50 mph.
  4. Microbial infections from contaminated handpiece cooling mists and ultrasonic/air polishing units, which may contain bacteria and blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV as well as herpes and rhinoviruses.
  5. Electromagnetic radiation from lasers as well as damage from UV rays from curing lights.

Fortunately, some very simple protective measures serve to prevent these and other types of injuries and infections.

  1. Every person in the examination room during a procedure should wear protective eyewear. This means goggles or safety glasses for patients, and goggles, safety glasses, or full-face safety shields for dental professionals.
  2. Dental health care personnel should also wear protective eyewear, such as full-face safety shields, during any patient-care activities that may generate splashes of blood, body fluids or chemicals as well as any flying debris. Note that this can happen between procedures as well as during cleanup, such as when replenishing processing solutions.
  3. Reusable eyewear should be cleaned per the manufacturer’s instructions or with soap and water between patients. In addition, there are a variety other ways dental professionals and patients alike can do their parts to increase dentist office hygiene.
  4. Eyewear should also protect against possible damage caused by radiation. Lens color and density of the eye protection will depend on the laser being used, so be sure to check with the experts at Safety Glasses USA to make the best choice for your laser safety glasses.
  5. Protection against possible UV rays from curing lights is also necessary. Eyewear, such as the Oakley Industrial M Frame Safety Glasses with Clear Lens, worn by patients and dental personnel should contain a UV filter.

OSHA requires that all employers provide eyewear or face shields for their employees that are impact resistant, ANSI certified, and that comply with American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection.

But providing eye protection simply isn’t enough. Vital to protecting eyes not just in the dental office but in every setting where eye damage and infection is possible is making sure that eye protection chosen is functional and comfortable. Compliance often hinges upon this factor alone for many people.

If your dental professional does not offer you protective eyewear, ask for it. If you work in a dental office, make sure basic eye protection steps are taken. With proactive patients and professionals, the dental office can remain a place where both healthy teeth and eyes come out the door.

Make Eye Safety Your Goal During Sports Injury Prevention Month

Children's Safety Glasses

Pyramex Mini-Ztek Safety Glasses with Gray Lens

The kids are back in school, signaling an end to the lazy days of summer and the start of school sports events. With obesity rates rising, it’s more important than ever to encourage kids to stay active and play a team sport. Yet, September reminds us of the need to also ensure our children wear Sports Safety Glasses – after all, it’s Sports Injury Prevention Month. With the National Health Interview Study reporting that 84.6% of children do not wear adequate kid’s safety glasses, protecting our children’s vision is absolutely imperative during school sports.

We can’t think of a school sport that wouldn’t be safer wearing safety glasses – even golf comes with inherent dangers in being hit by errant ball or sand flying up when trying to hit that ball out of a sand trap. In fact, 600,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year, with the Prevent Blindness America organization finding that 90% of those eye injuries could be prevented with appropriate sports safety glasses.

Here’s our tried and true ways to encourage your child to wear protective eyewear:

  1. Parents, take the initiative. In most cases, your child is going to look to you to when it comes to purchasing kid’s safety glasses. You’ll need to only spend a few minutes in our Children’s Safety Glasses section to find effective and affordable safety glasses for your child.
  2. But let your child choose. What’s the secret to ensuring your child actually wears the safety glasses you purchased for him or her? Let your kid choose their favorite! We have stylish Pink Kid’s Safety Glasses for the girls and Smoke Lens Safety Glasses for the boys, just two styles among all the ANSI Z87.1 certified children’s safety glasses in our collection.
  3. Spread the word. As you chat with other parents at your child’s sports games, talk to them about the importance of eye safety during Sports Injury Prevention Month, and all year round. We bet they’ll want to make sure their kids stay safe too – and the more kids on the playing field wearing sports safety glasses, the more likely your child will be to wear them.

Whether your child is in a high eye-risk sport like basketball, baseball, softball, or lacrosse, or a moderate-risk sport like water polo, boxing, or martial arts, it’s important that you make sure your child has the appropriate children’s safety glasses. As parents, we worry about the safety of our kids and all the unknown risks of modern life. By choosing Sport’s Safety Glasses, you can finally prevent a known safety risk for your child.

SafetyGlassesUSA.com Earns the 2012 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum Award

We work hard every day at Safety Glasses USA to earn your business, and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear that we’ve been selected as one of only 38 recipients – out of 5,200 businesses – to have been awarded the 2012 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum Award. With only .73% of the Bizrate® Insights North American Retailer Network earningBizrate Circle Of Excellence Platinum Award this award, we feel immensely grateful to have so many loyal customers and safety glasses fans.

The award was granted to us based on the following criteria, which was evaluated by our very own SafetyGlassesUSA.com customers, post-purchase:

  • Overall satisfaction during the shopping experience
  • Variety and depth of product selection
  • Ability to quickly and easily find the desired product(s)
  • Likelihood the customer will order again from us
  • Customer satisfaction; ensure product met expectations
  • Shipping was prompt and as described
  • Exceptional customer support and service

Bill Glass, CEO of Shopzilla.com, the parent company of Bizrate®, discusses the powerful meaning of this award in the PRNewswire.com press release, “Bizrate® Insights Names the 2012 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award Recipients.”

“Every year, the Bizrate® Circle of Excellence continues to be an emblem of the best online retail experience that a consumer can have from retailers both big and small, and across nearly all product categories,” explains Glass.

We will always consider “safety first” as our business philosophy, but it’s keeping our commitment to excellence for customers and SGUSA fans like you will remain as the cornerstone of our company. We sincerely thank you for the wonderful accomplishment you have helped us achieve.