Frequently Asked Questions
Is LLLT the same as Low Power Laser Therapy?
Yes, although Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the dominant term in use internationally, Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) and Photobiomodulation, are also used to refer to this same therapy, and Low Level Lasers are also variously called Soft Lasers, Cold Lasers, and Low Power Lasers.
Where can I find the clinical evidence for LLLT effectiveness?
Many hundreds of studies exist – see the Research studies and sources listed under clinical applications as a starting point, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Low Level Lasers used by reputable organisations?
Yes, we work with research departments within a number of respected universities and our clients range from NHS departments and prominent private clinicians across the world, to Premier football clubs, British olympic teams, the Royal Ballet, and on the veterinary side, prestigious Irish & English racing stables.
Can therapeutic lasers damage the eye?
The potential for any laser light source to damage the eye depends upon its output power, the divergence of the light beam and the wavelength and distribution of the light. Low level lasers classed as 3B are judged potentially hazardous to the eye because although the power might be low, a collimated beam and a wavelength just outside the visible range provokes no blink reflex which would otherwise cause one to avert one's eyes. Omega's lasers are all divergent and only direct irradiation close to the eye could possibly result in damage. However, we advise use of goggles to avoid any potential hazard.
Are there any contra-indications to the use of Low Level Laser Therapy?
There are very few contra-indications compared to other forms of electro-therapy. Organ transplantation is a contra-indication since there is a possibility that the lasers' positive effects on immune systems could compromise the immune suppression, which is critical to successful transplantation. Also, caution should always be observed in instances of pregnancy, cancer or direct thyroid application. Do not hesitate to contact us at Omega Laser with any queries regarding cautions or contradications.
How do I know which laser to buy for my applications?
If you get in touch with our team, we can advise on which lasers are used for which applications, and refer you to existing clinicians in the same field. For good overviews of laser therapy applications, the following books will prove helpful: Laser Therapy: Clinical Practice and Scientific Background, by Jan Tunér DDS and Lars Hode Dr Sci, published by Prima Books, and Therapeutic Lasers: Theory and Practice, by G. David Baxter, published by Churchill Livingstone. We can also supply either of these on request.
What should I look out for when selecting my laser?
All lasers must have the medical certification appropriate to the country in question, including European C mark, Canadian CAMCAS and in the USA relevant FDA approvals, so ensure that this is the case. In the USA, if a product is not FDA approved for the purpose intended, then it can only be sold there on an 'IRB' basis, which means that it must be used for the purposes of investigative research, and so the clinician is responsible for reporting the results of its use to the FDA as research evidence. Other factors include having the appropriate technical specifications, plus any additional features for convenience of use and specialisation; and, of considerable importance, the service and training provided.
What are the maintenance costs associated with a Low Level Laser System?
With an LLLT system, the maintenance costs are very low, with the initial purchase investment being the main cost. We recommend that you service your laser system annually, and this can be achieved for approximately GBP100 per annum and laser diodes will fail and need replacement after a number of years. Our products are robust, all being designed for regular use and made from high grade materials, but if damage is caused, repairs will be quoted for and made as required.
Are there any warranties?
An Omega Laser system comes with a one- year parts and labour warranty. We have chosen not to sell longer warranties since in the first 3 to 5 years, breakdowns are so rare and generally so inexpensive to fix, that we feel it would be ingenuous of us to claim this as being of real value to our customers.
Can payments for LLLT systems be spread?
Yes, Omega Laser can recommend a range of third party finance options at competitive rates through established finance companies, to allow you to spread payments over periods up to 3 years.