Eye Safety

All medical lasers are considered potentially harmful to the eye in less time than it takes to blink. The Food and Drug Admin istration (FDA) has mandated the use of appropriate eyewear when performing resurfacing. There is a major misconception among physicians that any protective eyewear is adequate. Although the CO2 wavelength is relatively easy to filter, that is not the case for the erbium-YAG, nor for any vascular, tattoo, or hair-removal laser. When working around the patient's eye, the use of metal scleral protectors is required.

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