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Safety glasses for patients

Every time I hand the safety glasses to my patients I get a look and sometimes a response “really? I’ve never had to wear safety glasses at the dentist before”. I understand that the glasses are not flattering and that people are too cool for them. I don’t know how to respond. Do they need to wear them? Are there any legal/protocols relating to patients wearing safety glasses? Personally I prefer that they do, I feel really uncomfortable if they refuse. I even had a woman say that she’ll sign a waver to get out of wearing them….



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My standard answer is .. Safety in the workplace … You are my workplace … And they all accept it.

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In school, we always had to have the pt wear safety glasses and I kind of wish that it was the norm out here in real life. Even when pts get into the chair, the first thing they do is take off their prescription glasses and put them on the counter or they’ll ask if they should take them off. I always say no, it’s actually better if you leave them on! I will look forward to hearing what others have to say about this because it’s certainly something I’ve wondered about myself!

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I would be curious to know as well. I prefer patients to wear safety glasses and never really ran into people who refused. I always explain its for their safety. It seems like there should be some kind of protocol about this but haven’t heard anything.

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Every patient I see gets glasses. If they have their own, I offer tinted, if they refuse to wear any I make a note in the chart.
I have not found any OSHA rev. that requires patients wear them, but I still feel it is extremely important.

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This can be tricky. I always offer them. I have some sporty ones that pt.’scseem to like. Most will put them on, some will look at them pondering, and some will decline. I will usually light-heartily say that “due to my light on my loupes, it can be bright! And with sharp instruments and all”…. You can’t win them all, but at least you tried.
I did actually see an article online yesterday about a women who was at the dental office and the Dr. accidentally dropped a needle and it landed in her eye. They couldn’t save her eyesight in that one eye. When I went into work today, this woman’s story was on my mind, especially as I was offering the glasses!

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Years ago a patient refused the patient safety glasses (sunglasses) & a glob of px paste landed in her eye!!!!! Thankfully she’s fine but she has worn then ever since lol. It’s rare someone refuses but when they do I always ask them to close their eyes during polishing. If I’m using curing light, laser or prophy jet it’s non-negotiable….they r wearing those glasses!

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I always offer safety shades. If a patient asks “do I have to wear those?” I simply say, yes. If they have their own glasses I let them choose either pair, it doesn’t matter to me. I just let them know it’s to keep the bright lights as well as any debris out of their eyes. Occasionally people still refuse and I tell them they need to keep their eyes shut and leave it at that. Most people don’t want to risk an eye injury and decide to wear them. It’s just part of my routine.

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When I 1st started, the pts were surprised for,me to even offer, but very receptive after I would say it helps so the water doesn’t mess up the makep, for the ladies, & for safety reasons. In the end they have even thanked me. They all wear them as my doctor dropped his instrument on the ladies face & she was bleeding. Out of all of the hygienists @ my place I am the only one that has this policy & my pts appreciate the fact that I am doing it for their own benefit.

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I use shaded lenses, so I always tell the patient it will help against my bright light and I also point out potential spatter. Most people like my “shades” so much, they forget they have them on or ask if they can keep them (they do look like cool sunglasses). If someone is already wearing glasses, I offer them the choice between keeping their own glasses on or using mine. A few new patients are surprised, but most appreciate the gesture.

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