I still remember being in Boston to attend the Yankee dental meeting 12 years ago and catching up with my cousin who is an eye surgeon who lives outside Boston. During our chat he asked me how my vision was, and I told him it was getting harder to read the tiny print on pill bottles. He dragged me into a local CVS and had me try on a pair of 1.25x OTC reading glasses, then handed me a bottle off the shelf and asked me “is this better?” That brought into focus (pun intended) that if we can’t see it, how can we treat it?
So, magnification with illumination allows us to better identify and treat the patient, but also makes it less taxing on our neck and body as practitioners physically.
Changing loupes during procedures is an interruption for dentists and a distraction for patients. If you’re tired of changing loupes between patients or procedures because you need a different magnification, the Orascoptic EyeZoom might be just what you’re looking for.
It’s easier to try to prevent our bodies from experiencing chronic pain than it is to try and heal them from it. The action items below describe preventative measures that any dental hygienist can take to alleviate and ideally prevent pain.