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What is The Right Pair of Dental Loupes For You?

Finding the right pair of surgical or dental loupes can be a difficult task since there are so many factors to consider. Every person's face is different and one pair may work excellent for one person and terribly for another.

The first factor to consider is the working distance that you feel comfortable working at. For example, a person who is 5'6" tall is going to have a shorter working distance than someone who is 6'6" tall. You need to find the optimal distance away from the patient you prefer to work at. Here is an example of how someone in the dental field would choose their working distance:

After finding a suitable ergonomic position, you simply take a tape measure and measure the distance between your eyes and the patient.

Loupe magnification is the next factor that must be considered. There is a wide variety when it comes to magnification level of your loupes, with levels ranging from 2.5x all the way up to 6.0x magnification for most standard surgical glasses and dental loupes. When starting out with your first pair of dental safety glasses with magnification, it is typically suggested to start with a low magnification such as a 2.5x or 3.0x since adjusting to loupes is easier if the magnification is lower.

Field of view is another factor that should be considered when buying a pair of loupes. With lower magnification comes a larger field of view, making it easier to adjust to wearing loupes. Higher magnifications have a reduced field of view and are only suggested for those who have worn dental magnifying glasses with magnification in the past and are confident with a smaller field of view.

Clip On Loupes For Those Who Already Wear Glasses

Clip-on loupes are the most cost-effective choice for those who already own a frame to attach them to, especially prescription eyeglasse wearers. Clip-on loupes offer the same level of magnification and quality as the traditional Galilean-style loupes, but with added flexibility. Clip-on loupes flip up just the same as the Galilean-style loupes so that the user can view an area without having to take the loupes off. Since every person's eye distance is different, the loupes come with an adjustable knob that changes the pupillary distance of the loupes with a simple turn.

Clip-on loupes can be the most flexible and effective solution for surgeons, dentists, and dental hygienists. They can be attached to virtually any type of eyeglasses. This flexibility makes this style of loupe very popular amongst prescription eyeglass wearers.

FLIP-UP 2.5 - 3.5x   FLIP-UP 4.0 - 8.0x   CLIP-ON LOUPES
   

Galilean loupes in magnifications ranging from 2.5x-3.5x for common dental cleanings and simple procedures.

 

Keplerian prism loupes in magnifications ranging from 4.0x-8.0x for surgeries and fine dental work.

 

Clip-on loupes come in lower magnifications and are designed to fit on most prescription eyewear frames and safety glasses.

HEADLAMPS   PRESCRIPTION LOUPES   RADIATION LOUPES
   

Loupe head lamps designed to clip directly onto our loupes for precisely directed illumination. Smooth illumination adjustment for maximum brightness or battery life.

 

Prescription eyewear with any of our flip-up loupes permanently attached. Featuring removable side shields.

 

Magnifying x-ray attenuating loupes in any of our current magnifications. 0.5mm Pb-equivalent optical-quality German leaded glass lenses in flat frame.

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