What Grade of Laser Glasses Should I Wear When Using Intense Pulse Light?

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What Grade of Laser Glasses Should I Wear When Using Intense Pulse Light?

By phillips-safety

Intense pulse light lasers can be tough to decide protection for.

What Grade of Laser Glasses Should I Wear When Using Intense Pulse Light?

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) lasers are used for a variety of procedures including laser hair removal and vein removal. But IPL lasers don’t usually operate at a specific wavelength, so if you’re wondering which laser glasses to use, you’re not going to shop based on the operating wavelength of the laser like you would for other lasers. Instead, you’ll be shopping for IPL-specific laser glasses.

The grade of laser glasses you should wear when using intense pulse light lasers should be ones rated for IPL. The most common types of IPL laser glasses, and the ones that we sell, are either green or brown. Green is a standard IPL color and is used in most applications. Brown offers similar protection but is contrast-enhancing, giving you better vision during your work.

Wondering what grade of laser glasses you should wear when using intense pulse light lasers?

  • IPL lasers require IPL glasses during their use.
  • IPL glasses cut down on visible light like sunglasses, without specificity in the wavelengths that they protect against.
  • The reason that IPL glasses aren’t specified in wavelengths is because IPL lasers operate on the basis of brightness rather than concentration at a specific wavelength.
  • IPL glasses should be worn at all times while your laser is in use, and the patient should be wearing them or blockouts as well.

If you’re looking for protection from IPL lasers, IPL glasses are what you’re looking for.

If you have any questions about IPL lasers, IPL glasses, or what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or leave a comment below. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!

  1. Mei says:

    I use IPL, Yag and Alexandrite laser systems for hair removal It seems I can use an IPL lense for all three. Please confirm. If I change to a specific lense with less frequency coverage, for a specific laser, lets say an ND YAg lense covering 1064nm, I don’t think it is any safer, but probably has increased Visible Light Transmission. Do I understand correctly?

    • Estefania Sanmartin says:

      Hi Mei,

      You have to use the glasses designed for the machine you are using. If it’s an IPL machine, you must use IPL protective glasses. The laser glasses have to match the device you are using.

  2. Frank Barbehenn says:

    Early research on IPL damaged the eyes. While IPL is now FDA approved for dry eye syndrome, I cannot find research on whether the goggles worn during IPL treatment fully and completely protect the eyes from damage. And it sounds like there is a range of the kind of goggles used.

    • Estefania Sanmartin says:

      Hi Frank,

      IPL glasses have different filter specifications depending on the protection operator and patient need to protect eyes from damage.

  3. Tillie Stacy says:

    How much are IPL glasses? Are they all the same rating? Wave length I PL. is 470 to110nm. Is what I have. What safety glasses do I need? The instructions I have for this IPL doesn’t mention safety glasses

  4. Albert Tseng says:

    Do IPL protection goggles have OD value ,or not?

  5. Awais says:

    For IPL laser, what is the difference between red & green glasses and which one is better for eyes protection.


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