Important factors that can help you find
the right dental loupes
Choosing the right dental glasses is critical to the success
of your dental career. There are some hygienists who are
already using dental loupes but are still experiencing
work-related pains and difficulty seeing the oral cavity. The
main reason behind this is the wrong choice of loupes. Here
are are a few important factors that can help you find the
right pair of loupes.
Dental loupes are getting popular these days not only among
dentists but also among dental hygienists. Many dental
hygienists now realize the important role that magnification
plays in the success of their career. Aside from the obvious
advantages of dental glasses such they enhance visual acuity
and improve precision, the ergonomic benefits that these
optical aids offer are also regarded as one of the primary
reasons why many dental hygienists are now using them.
Occupational pain has been considered as the major reasons
for early retirement and injury among dental hygienists.
Because of the nature of their work, dental hygienists are
prone to occupational pain. Fortunately, there are now a lot
of ways that can somehow help them avoid or reduce their risks
to various work-related illnesses. One of these ways is to
wear dental hygiene loupes when performing various dental
The benefits that you can get out of using dental loupes greatly
vary according to the type or quality of the optical aid you
bought. That is why, if you want the most of your loupes, make
sure to buy only the one that perfectly fits you. Here are
a few important factors that can help you find the right pair
Dental loupes are available in various magnification power.
For dentistry, the available magnification levels typically
range from 2.5x to 6.0x. Each level has specific applications.
As a dental hygienist who is working on general dental
treatment procedures, a 2.5x magnification is enough for you.
With this level, it would be easier for you to get used to
working with a magnified field and at the same time, you can
be able to have a better vision of the oral cavity.
The right working distance will allow you to work in a neutral
and healthy posture while still able to see the oral cavity.
To ensure proper posture when working, it is important that
you know your working distance before buying a pair of dental
You can get your working distance by standing or sitting in
an upright, comfortable, and ergonomic position and then with
the use of a measuring tool, measure the distance between the
upper bridge of your nose and the mouth of your patient.
Angle of declination
The angle of declination is critical for your neck's health
and comfort. It is a measurement of how much you bend your
head down to see the object you are working on. The best dental
loupes have an angle of declination or forward head posture
that is no less than 20 degrees.
The interpupillary distance is the distance between the
centers of the pupils of your two eyes. Each person has a unique
interpupillary distance that is why you seldom find a dental
loupe with fixed interpupillary measurement. You need to
provide the manufacturer with the right measurement when
ordering a new custom TTL loupe to make sure that the optical
barrels are in their proper place with respect to your
Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are other important
factors that you need to consider when choosing a dental loupe.
These factors include the depth of field, type of frame, design,
weight, the field of view, prescription, resolution, and
quality of optics. You also need to choose between flip-up
loupes and through the lens loupes.