From what I've read, it's the repeated amount of x-ray scans. Hard to find specific research on the subject though.
Thanks mate for your answer. It has really been helpful.
I didn't know that digital X-ray has 80% less radiation than a convention tooth xray.
The thing you said about "repeated radiation thru the years that has a negative effect", you meant a repeated amount of X-ray scans or something else?
Anyway,thanks for the great help!
I had retina surgery and then braces (age 58) so I checked into this radiation a bit. Go online and google it for more info, but basically if you had a
Digital x-ray (ask your dentist) there will be about 80% less radiation than a convention tooth xray where the put the film in your mouth and the cone points at the area.
My Orthodontist made me a lead eye patch out of a old lead shield, just for my peace of mind. You do want to have a thyroid shield over your neck to protect your thyroid...again as a precaution. It's the build up of repeated radiation thru the years that has a negative effect.
The mouth x-ray radiation does scatter a bit from the mouth area, so I didn't want to take a chance that the soft tissue in my eye would be affected in any way shape or form. The Ortho office probably thinks I'm overreacting, but what the heck, it's my vision and thyroid, right? Don't let anyone intimidate you into compromising your belief.
I wouldn't worry about your recent x-rays, especially if they were digital.
Learn from your experience and make changes in the future.
I assume you are questioning whether or not the X-rays could have damaged your eyes. I would ask your dentist about how much radiation exposure there is from the panoramic X-rays, since I do not know anything about this.