As dental professionals, we work in a small darkish environment dealing with very tiny things. But although magnification helps us see what the naked eye or even the eyes wearing reading glasses can’t see, without better illumination, we cannot see what we need to render planned treatment or help identify things that need treatment.
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.
As a clinical professor and dental hygienist, I have experienced firsthand the process of purchasing loupes. Style is often a key factor in the purchasing decision, along with magnification power, weight, and cost. But what about the headlight?
Implant dentistry requires specific motor skills with intense and focused vision for several hours consecutively. However, the conditions and obstacles that we usually encounter in the oral cavity can add a considerable burden to our vision and limit our ability to perform at our best.
How magnification loupes are viewed in today’s world is dramatically different than it was decades ago. Years ago, only a handful of dentists used magnification on a regular basis and the first time I ever encountered a hygienist using magnification was 1996.
Imagine working with a scratched patient mouth mirror. The scratches on the mirror prevent the clinician from easily evaluating the oral cavity. Therefore, the clinician’s eyes are left straining to identify the details needed to diagnose the patient.
Craftsmanship, the skill and art of creating items, has long been associated with handmade manufacturing processes. When thinking of luxury items, the specific identification of an article as ‘hand crafted’ connotes quality, expertise and artistry.
When first purchasing loupes, it is recommended to select the lowest magnification that meets your needs. A 2.5X magnification is most common for first-time loupe wearers as there is a larger field of view which is easier to adjust to and use in delivering patient care.