5 Important factors to consider when
purchasing new surgical loupes
Dental surgical loupe can either break or make your career. Knowing what to consider
when buying a new pair of loupes can help you find the right one for you. Here are
some critical factors that you need to take into account when deciding which loupes
Dental surgical loupe can either break or make your career. Choosing the right one
can help better your career while the wrong one can be more of a risk than a benefit.
When you say "the right one", this means that the dental loupes that you have
picked perfectly fit your needs, requirements, and measurements.
Each dental magnification loupe is made with specific features and measurements
(e.g. working distance, interpupillary distance, angle of declination, magnification
power, field of view, depth of view, fit, and weight). Knowing what to consider
when buying a new pair of loupes can help you find the right one for you. It is only
when you find the best surgical loupes that you will be able to enjoy the benefits they
provide. Below are some critical factors that you need to take into account when
deciding which loupes to purchase.
Weight is something you should not discount when picking loupes most especially if
you intend to use your magnification glasses for an extended period of time on a daily
Keep in mind that no matter how light the loupes might be, the weight may build up
over time. Wearing heavy loupes for hours cannot only affect your focus and comfort
level but it can as well cause neck pain. If you want to stay focused and comfortable
all throughout the dental or surgical procedure you are performing, pick the
lightest available loupes you can find.
Dental optical loupes are available in different magnification powers such as 2.0x, 2.5x,
3.0x, 3.5x, 4.0x, 4.5x, 5.0x, 5.5x, and 6.0x. It is important to determine first how you
are going to use the loupes before purchasing a pair so that you will know which
magnification power to choose.
For general dentistry, 2.0x- 3.0x magnification level is enough. However, if you will
use the loupes for microsurgery or other surgical and dental procedures that require
more magnification and precision, opt for the 6.0x loupes.
For starters and students, it is advisable to start with the 2.0x magnification. As soon
as you get used to wearing a dental magnifying loupe while working, you can slowly
upgrade to a higher level.
The working distance is the distance between your eyes and the oral cavity of your
patient. The right working distance will allow you to maintain an upright and
ergonomic working position and at the same time see the operating region clearly in
crisp detail without having to lean forward and closer to your patient's mouth.
The interpupillary distance is the distance between the center of the pupils of your
It is also important to consider the quality of both the frame and optical barrels when
purchasing a new loupe. Make sure that the frame is sturdy and stable enough to
keep the optical barrels. You can go for titanium frames. Get rid of plastic frames as
they are mostly unstable.
Also, the optical barrels or lenses should be made of high-quality medical-grade optics
for best visual experience. There are a lot of so-called "quality cheap glasses" out
there that have optics that slowly degrade after weeks or months of use. Pick those
loupes that are made from German medical grade optics as they are by far the best
The other important factors that you need to consider are the field of view, depth of
field, style, and angle of declination.