Radiation exposure is a major risk to the eyes of healthcare professionals who frequently work with x-rays. To mitigate this risk, Barrier Technologies has developed a large inventory of leaded eyewear. Our radiation glasses protect the eyes from 100% of scatter radiation.
Beyond protection, our radiation protection glasses offer a host of other benefits, including:
Continue reading to learn more about our industry-leading lead glasses or download our eyewear catalog to learn about each pair of leaded eyewear in detail.
While occasional radiation exposure is not harmful, consistent exposure to low dose radiation (LDR) over the course of a career can seriously damage the eyes.
Without proper eye protection, cardiologists, radiologists, and other healthcare professionals that work with x-rays put themselves at increased risk of pre-cataract lesions, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal damage, dry eye, and even blindness. The higher the level of exposure, the higher the risk of damage.
When a healthcare professional forgoes lead glasses for radiation protection, they put themselves at unnecessary risk for eye damage. Cataracts, for example, occur much more in physicians who don’t wear lead radiation glasses than in those who do.
Without protection in place, scatter radiation is free to impact the body, and when it does, the radiation damages atoms in the eye’s cells. Radiation penetration affects cell division and causes cells in the eye’s lens to die. As the lens tends to fail, this is particularly damaging to the eye because the lens cannot clear damaged cells. As cells continue to disintegrate with each new radiation exposure, they build upon the lens, eventually blocking light and creating cataracts.
While cataracts are the most common condition brought on by forgetting to wear radiation protection eyewear, they aren’t the only ones.
Leaving your protective x-ray glasses on the table also exposes you to glaucoma, retinal damage, dry eye, and even blindness.
Lead-lined glasses should be worn whenever x-ray technology is being used to protect the eyes from radiation.
Lead protection glasses block x rays thanks to lead’s high atomic mass. Radiation waves can easily pass through lighter elements like carbon and calcium but are stopped in their tracks by the heavyweight of lead, which has an atomic density of 207 (compared to calcium’s atomic mass of 40).
How does this work? Atomic mass measures the density of atoms in an element. The atoms in lighter elements are spaced out, allowing radiation to slip through, while those in heavy elements like lead and titanium are closely packed. When radiation waves impact the wall of lead atoms in a pair of x-ray protection glasses, the energy is transferred from the waves to the lead — stopping the radiation in its tracks and protecting your eyes.
Radiation protection glasses should be used in tandem with scatter-shielding screens and additional lead protection on the body, neck, and head to maximize protection.
At Barrier Technologies, we manufacture the strongest radiation safety glasses in the industry. We’ve accomplished this by investing heavily in glass surfacing technology and partnering with Corning — America’s leading supplier of ophthalmic lenses.
At 0.75mm, Corning’s Med-X® Glass has the highest lead concentration in the industry, blocking 100% of harmful radiation to the eye. And in contrast to foreign-made lenses that turn yellow over time, Corning’s American-made Med-X® Glass never changes color. Unchanging color ensures that your protective glasses maintain their exceptional optical clarity throughout their entire life.
Three more features that elevate Barrier Technologies’ x-ray protection glasses above competing options include:
To ensure that our glasses maintain their position as the best radiation eyewear available, we offer specialized ClearView coatings that enable you to optimize your glasses for your work environment.
You can choose to enhance your glasses with one or both of the following coatings:
ClearView coatings are unique to Barrier Technologies’s lead glasses and are an excellent example of our commitment to delivering superior products to the healthcare industry.
Traditionally, it has been difficult to replicate a prescription in lead glasses. But, with the advent of innovative prescription software, like our Digital Lens Surfacing system, we are able to provide customers with leaded prescription glasses that have their exact prescription.
Our Digital Lens Surfacing system enables us to provide customers with anti-fatigue Single Vision, high definition Bi-Focal, and personalized progressive prescription glasses with up to a +4.50 add power.
By ordering your lead eyewear from Barrier Technologies, you ensure maximum protection with minimal eye strain.
We provide a variety of accessories along with every order of protective leaded eyewear. This includes:
Our Med-X® Glass lenses can be ordered in over 50 styles, with frames from some of the eyewear industry’s top companies, including Oakley, Rudy Project, Costa, Ray Ban, and WileyX.
The frames we offer are stress-resistant, equipped with cutting-edge ergonomic features, and manufactured from a variety of high-performance materials, such as titanium and carbon fiber.
All our Oakley leaded glasses are equipped with O-Matter stress-resistant frames — a proprietary frame material made from lightweight and robust nylon composites.
As for styles, we offer eight kinds of Oakley lead radiation glasses, including:
All our lead glasses for radiology deliver a minimum of .75mm Pb protection.
We offer a variety of stylish Costa radiation glasses, including:
Rudy Project frames combine world-class ergonomic features with superior materials like titanium and carbon fiber to produce long-lasting and comfortable x-ray protective eyewear. We offer several Rudy Project frames, including:
In addition to the brands listed above, we also offer a variety of Nike lead glasses and frames from WileyX, Barrier Brazen, and Ray-Ban.
Our expansive leaded eyewear catalog includes everything from minimalist fashion to heavy-duty tactical protection and full-face shields.
In addition to industry-leading eye protection, we also supply the healthcare industry with innovative radiation protective aprons, protective gloves, mobile lead shields, and other protective x-ray tools.
Still on the fence about leaded eyewear? Here are some quick questions to help you determine if lead safety glasses are a necessary expense for your workplace:
Barrier Technologies is America’s leading manufacturer of radiation safety glasses. Our partnerships with state-of-the-art eyewear companies like Corning, Rudy Project, and Oakley enable us to deliver long-lasting lead glasses to our customers.
Our lenses can accommodate any RX type, whether Plano, Single Vision, Bi-Focal, or personalized Progressive prescription.
Don’t risk the health of your eyes. Wearing leaded eyewear is an easy way to mitigate the damaging effects of x-rays and keep your vision sharp for years to come.
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