Loupes or Magnifying glasses have become indispensable in the dental world. In many universities and medical practices, they are compulsory. So you need loupes, but which ones? What does it have to be able to do, and at which point do you have to be particularly careful?
It is helpful for students to first look at colleagues, senior physicians, or fellow students in the higher semesters who have already gained experience with loupes. It would be best if you also talked to an expert who will help you choose glasses. In the following, we have collected some checkpoints that you should consider when buying:
1. Make sure you have a comfortable glasses frame!
Look at the quality and durability of the frame. When it comes to loupes, you should rely on a high standard because they have to withstand a lot in practice.
Note, for example, that the frame is not made of pure plastic. Titanium is the lightest and most robust material for optical systems. Titanium frames are also used for regular glasses frames, for example.
You should also always insist on trying on the glasses! Are the loupes in the right size and fit? How is it comfortable to wear, and is the weight of the glasses appropriate? Is the light foldable?
Make sure you wear the glasses for long periods. Test the glasses and definitely with light!
2. Don’t forget your anamnesis when choosing a lens!
Here, you should get detailed advice from the experts. Have your eyesight and ametropia measured? In addition, the setting of the interpupillary distance (vertical and horizontal) must be taken into account individually.
There is always the perfect angle of inclination, the right magnification, and eyepiece openings. The working distance (the area from the eye to the working area) is critical. Here, your height and proportions are decisive.
All dimensions should be measured individually. Thus, you can achieve optimal ergonomics. In general, it is best to rely on a competent partner who can precisely determine your optical properties.
3. Last but not least: Ask about follow-up costs!
When you buy, you should keep an eye on what services you can still get afterward. What guarantees are associated with the purchase of loupes, for example?
Can the strength be adjusted later if your eyes get weaker or you have to get completely new glasses? Does the dealer have a location near you for possible customizations or personal questions?
Do you get spare parts? The typical wear parts of loupes include hinges and nostrils, including a metal bridge.
Keep your eyes open when buying glasses. Magnifying glasses are a very useful tool for protecting your own health and ensuring optimal work performance.
Nowadays, they are a must-have for every dentist. This is precisely why you should keep in mind to get an individually adapted device with a high standard. So, find an expert, and then it’s time to try and test!