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Eyewear/Eye Protection Policy

The School of Dentistry considers the safety of its patients to be of paramount importance. Eye protection is an essential component of our safety program. Therefore, patients are required to wear protective eyewear during any treatment that might involve use of sharp instruments or result in flying debris. The treating faculty, staff or student will provide this eyewear to the patient when necessary. Patients who prefer to wear their own glasses should be discouraged from doing so, since their glasses will not have side shields. Eyewear must be disinfected after each use.

Approved by the Infection Control Committee: January 17, 2001


Two pairs of eyewear will be issued to students, free of charge, for use by their patients. Students will be charged for replacement of lost glasses.

Disinfection of Eyewear

  1. Put on gloves.
  2. Spray surface disinfectant on paper towel.
  3. Wipe all surfaces of eyewear with towel.
  4. Rinse eyewear to eliminate all residue of disinfectant.
  5. Remove gloves.
  6. Dry eyewear with paper towel.

Last Modified: 04/30/2010