According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries, the majority of which could be prevented with safety eyewear. Eye injuries cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. (1) Dental professionals regularly perform tasks that place them and their patients at risk for exposure to blood, saliva, and respiratory droplets.
Palmero Healthcare has introduced new ProVision safety eyewear in nine styles. Palmero’s ProVision safety eyewear protects against spray, splash, and splatter for infection control; eliminates blue-light exposure; and protects from high-impact flying projectiles that can cause permanent damage to the eye. All of the styles are designed to be comfortable enough to ensure compliance, and the eyewear meets the ANSI Z87.1 eye and face protection standards with UVA and UVB protection.
Top row, left to right: Allure, Air, Element, Clarity, Infinity; bottom row, left to right: Flexiwrap, EZ-Focals, Econo Loupes, Eyesaver Sleeks
“We recommend dental professionals implement an eye conservation program for their practice by using the four Cs of safety eyewear: certified, clarity, comfort, and compliance,” said Karen Neiner, president of Palmero Healthcare LLC.
- Certified: Safety eyewear should incorporate a wraparound design for full coverage and meet industry standards and guidelines for lens, cornea, and retina protection (ANSIZ87.1, OSHA, and CDC). It must be manufactured from high impact–resistant materials to protect from flying debris and projectiles and encompass a specialty bonding lens to filter out damaging blue light levels (400 nm–500 nm) to the retina.
- Clarity: Practitioners should be able to see clearly. Antifog coating, scratch-resistant technologies, and lens designs provide excellent optics for visual acuity.
- Comfort: Practitioners should find eyewear that fits them comfortably. There are many styles with a broad range of frame, temple, and nose-bridge designs. Individualized fit provides all-day security and optimal comfort.
- Compliance: Practitioners should use safety eyewear in every procedure, every day.
All of the ProVision eyewear come in lightweight frames. ProVision Allure, Air, Element, and Clarity also come in an ultralightweight designs. The Eyesaver Sleeks goggles fit over prescription eyewear and have adjustable temples that allow for broader facial fit. The ProVision EZ-Focals wraparound frame is contoured with soft tips for added comfort, grip, and a secure fit. ProVision Clarity featuresenhanced antifog technology. It also fits small or narrow and medium face shapes. ProVision Flexiwrap provides full wraparound protection and a secure, comfortable fit with shorter, soft-touch temples and a soft nose bridge. The antistatic and antifogging features of ProVision Infinity provide added protection and venting. It’s also enhanced with a pantoscopic tilt feature. Ratcheting temple arms allow for customizable fit and optimal comfort. The full 50 mm diameter-magnifying lens of Palmero’s ProVision Econo Loupesis a lightweight alternative to traditional loupes. It reduces eye strain and increases visual precision.
Safety eyewear is essential for all dental professionals and their patients. Eye protection must always be provided whenever necessary.
For more detailed product information, visit palmerohealth.com.
1. Eye and Face Protection eTool. United States Department of Labor website. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/eyeandface/index.html.