Post: Choosing IPL Glasses: What you need to know

Choosing IPL Glasses: What you need to know

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) lasers have become increasingly popular for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and treatment of pigmentation issues. However, the intense light emitted by these lasers can be harmful to the eyes, and it is crucial to use the appropriate protective equipment to prevent eye damage.

Different than other laser types, IPL lasers do not operate at a specific wavelength. Instead, they emit light at a range of wavelengths, making it challenging to choose laser glasses based on wavelength alone. For this reason, it is recommended to use IPL-specific laser glasses that are designed to protect against the intense brightness of the light emitted by IPL lasers.

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

Unlike other types of lasers that operate at a specific wavelength, IPL lasers have a broad spectrum of light. Therefore, when choosing laser glasses for IPL treatments, it’s not effective to shop based on the operating wavelength of the laser. Instead, it’s essential to select laser glasses specifically designed for IPL procedures. 

These glasses are rated for IPL and offer optimal protection against the intense pulsed light used in these treatments. It is crucial to use the appropriate grade of laser glasses when performing IPL procedures to ensure the safety of both the operator and the patient. 

In other words, the grade of laser glasses you should wear when using intense pulse light lasers should be ones rated for IPL. Phillips Safety provides a range of IPL-specific laser glasses that meet the necessary safety standards and provide reliable protection against the harmful effects of IPL radiation.

Understanding the Different Types of IPL Safety Glasses and Eye Shields Available

The most common types of IPL laser glasses are either green or brown. Green is the standard IPL color and is used in most applications, while brown offers similar protection and is contrast-enhancing, giving you better vision during your work. 


The IPL Green laser safety lens have a polycarbonate green lens filter that provides IPL laser protection. These laser lens have visible light transmission of 15%. In addition, the IPL Green laser safety lens have ANSI Z87+ plus ANSI Z136.1 safety standards.

The IPL Brown laser safety lens utilizes a polycarbonate brown tint lens that provides specific IPL laser protection. These lenses have a visible light transmission rate of 11%. Moreover, the IPL Brown laser safety lens adheres to the safety standards of ANSI Z87+ and ANSI Z136.1.

It’s important to note that IPL glasses should be worn at all times while the laser is in use, not just by the operator but also by the patient. Additionally, IPL glasses should fit snugly around the eyes to ensure that no light can enter through the sides or top of the glasses.

While IPL glasses are crucial for protecting the eyes during IPL procedures only, it’s important to assess the risks of each procedure and to choose the appropriate protective equipment accordingly.

In addition to standard IPL safety glasses, Phillips Safety also provides other types of protective IPL treatments, which are IPL patient goggles and disposable eye shields.

IPL patient goggles, also referred as patient blockout glasses are designed to protect the patient’s eyes from the bright flashes of light emitted during IPL treatments. These glasses are typically made of opaque material that completely blocks out all light, making it easier for the patient to relax during the treatment. These glasses feature adjustable straps and have a visible light transmission of 0%. 

In the same way, disposable eye shields are protective devices designed to safeguard the eyes during laser procedures. Laser eye shields are essential for protecting the eyes from the harmful effects of laser radiation, which can cause eye damage or even blindness if proper precautions are not taken. They are commonly used in ophthalmology, dermatology, and other medical fields involving lasers.

Each type of safety glasses or eye shield is designed to protect the eyes from IPL procedures and ensure the safety and comfort of both the operator and the patient. It is important to choose the right type of safety glasses or eye shield based on the specific requirements of the IPL treatment being performed. Phillips Safety offers a wide range of options to meet the needs of different IPL procedures. By following these guidelines and assessing the risks of each procedure, you can ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your eyes during IPL treatments.

If you need help in selecting the appropriate IPL laser protection glasses or goggles for your eye safety requirements, the laser safety specialists at Phillips Safety are available to assist you. 

If you still aren’t sure which IPL laser safety glasses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our laser experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.