From 2006: http://www.skinandaging.com/supplements ... ersies.pdf
Using appropriate eye protection, including goggles, is important when working with lasers, but just putting on a pair of goggles does not in and of itself assure you of safety from the devices. Every patient has different facial anatomy. Some eyes are more prominent. Some patients have very small, thin faces, and the goggles hang over the edge, whereas other people have larger faces and accommodate the goggles more effectively. A lot of doctors use goggles incorrectly. Depending on what you’re doing, if you’re really working far away from the eyes or using a wavelength that isn’t particularly dangerous, that might be okay. But if you’re working anywhere around the eye, you can have a false sense of security if your eye protection is inappropriately placed.
When using lasers, especially the 1064 nm laser and the 810 nm diode, in the peri-orbital region to treat between the eyebrows for a “unibrow” or under the eyebrows, my advice with regard to these devices is do so at your own risk. These wavelengths are very dangerous to the eye. If you’re going to treat in those areas, you need to have a cornea-protective lens behind the lids. And, again, you must make sure that that lens is sufficient in size to protect the globe adequately.
Dr. Biesman is an ophthalmologist in practice in Nashville, TN.