Protective eyewear and visors for the dental practice
Protective apparel plays a vital role in the dental practice because it protects health-care professionals from coming into direct contact with harmful or possibly infectious substances. All those involved (the dental practitioner, dental hygienist, dental assistant, laboratory technicians and also the patients) are required to wear their own special P.P.E. (Personal Protective Equipment). What this means is equipment, garments or devices which protect the operators while they are at work.
Alongside gloves and face masks, protective eyewear acts as a crucial defensive barrier against the risks commonly associated with dental work. In the course of normal daily activities, splashes of blood, droplets of saliva, small amounts of mouth rinse or tissue splatter could end up in the eye leading to damage or infection. In addition to being used for surgical operations or during various patient-care activities, protective eyewear and visors should also be worn whenever work being carried out involves chemicals or potentially harmful equipment.
The potential factors of risk for eyes
In view of the particular hazards associated with a dental health-care setting, protective eyewear must safeguard the wearer from four main risk categories:
• biological: blood, saliva, liquids, nebulized substances or contaminated foreign matter;
• mechanical: splinters, compressed air or hot liquids;
• chemical: acids, disinfectants or solvents;
• optical: laser beams, UV radiation and dental curing light.
Protective eyewear features
The materials, construction methods and design of safety glasses must therefore comply with the strictest standards of quality, durability, performance and ergonomics as well as meeting optical (best possible lens visibility) and mechanical protection requirements (enhanced sturdiness). The eyewear must have been specially designed to provide full coverage with a wraparound style and maximum peripheral vision. Unlike ordinary reading glasses, protective eyewear is made from highly resistant materials which shield the wearer at the front and on the sides. Protective eyewear must also be comfortable and lightweight so as to be as functional as possible; it is often worn on top of reading glasses as well.
Innovative Monoart® features for protective eyewear
In addition to meeting all set requirements, Euronda Monoart® has also developed various solutions and types of treatment designed to deliver top performance and supreme comfort levels in the eyewear-protection sector.
Scratchproof and anti-fog coating (basic & plus) achieved with UDC (Univet Double Coating) technology which endows the glasses with substantial resistance against scratching and fogging.
The surface of the lenses undergoes a treatment in two different stages:
– anti-fog: on the inside of the lens;
– anti-scratch: on the outside of the lens.
Both treatments are permanent and endow the eyewear with performance levels which are greatly superior to the standards set by applicable regulations. These technological benefits are particularly present in our Monoart® Stretch Orange model.
Softpad technology: this is the new patented earpiece which, when added to the temples of the glasses, offers full comfort and total protection. The SoftPad system is a patented device designed to make the protective eyewear perfectly stable as well as enabling them to completely adapt to fit the user’s face. The entire weight of the safety glasses is concentrated where the temples rest, ensuring absolute comfort and stability. In addition to the 3-position length adjustment, the SoftPad system also enables a tilting movement which helps it to fit the user’s head perfectly. The SoftPad system is available in the Cube models, Cube Orange & Stretch.