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Leaded Glasses for Veterinarians

September 23rd, 2017


As in human medical practices, medical imaging is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to veterinarians and technologists. While a human is able to articulate specific symptoms and pain, a veterinarian must often rely on x-rays to find out why an animal is suffering. While invaluable, this type of medical imaging does emit small amounts of radiation,best lead glasses and its important for vets and technologists to protect themselves.

Any type of veterinarian might perform diagnostic radiology multiple times in an average workday. Leg injuries are common to horses, and equine veterinarians consistently use x-rays to view possible sprains and breakage. Bone cysts are also a frequent ailment in horses, and different types of radiography are used to detect these cysts before they become debilitating. Many people also want x-ray exams performed on horses before buying them, to ensure that they are purchasing a sound and healthy animal.

Dogs have a tendency to eat whatever objects interest them, and items can become lodged in the animal’s digestive system, causing pain and even death. An x-ray can help a veterinarian quickly locate the offending object and remove it, and countless canine lives have been saved in this manner.
Cat owners often opt to declaw their pets, which can result in a painful regrowth of the claw into the paw itself, which is easily detectable and treated with the use of medical imaging.

Safety compliance standards in veterinary hospitals and offices demand that lead aprons and gloves be worn during any procedure that exposes the practitioner to radiation. The soft tissue of the human eye is just as vulnerable to radiation as the rest of the body, and too often vets neglect the use of protective leaded eyewear. This can result in cataracts and other harmful ocular conditions.

Recent medical studies and articles have made lead glasses more widely recognized as an important part of protective measures against radiation. With that knowledge has come an increasing effort on the part of manufacturers of lead glasses to make their products more functional and comfortable. Lead glasses are available in prescription eyeglass strengths, and some models on the market are fitted so that they may be worn over existing eyewear. At one time, lead glasses were heavy and unwieldy, but newer glasses have proven to be sleek and stylish. With these advances in design, veterinarians and technologists should not view wearing lead glasses as inconvenient, but rather as an easy method of ensuring their ocular health in the long term.