A loupe (pronounced loop), is a type of magnification device used to see things one is looking at more closely. In this respect, they are simply a form of a modified microscope, allowing the user to be able to better apply the phenomenon of microscopy to his or her trade. Many industries use loupes , such as Jewelers, Watchmaking, Photography, Printing and Surgery. This articles is about Dental Loupes
Dental loupes are now recognised as an essential accessory for the dental professionals every day use in practice. Achieving optimum magnification and the correct lighting environment are vital for consistency and success of clinical procedures.
There are various different options available on the market, including TTL, which means that the eyepiece is placed an at optimal distance from the pupil providing a wide field of vision and Flip-Up loupes, which are fully adjustable binocular systems and are supported by an articulated joint connected to the glasses.
With the increase in the magnification, the field of view or the working area will decrease. It is therefore generally recommended for the first time users that in order to have an optimal hand eye coordination, they should start with the comfortable
2.5x magnification. This provides extensive field of view and ensures comfortable depth of field. Many medical practitioners gradually increase their magnification powers every few years of having used a particular magnification power.
The right magnification power of your surgical loupe or dental loupe depends on the type of task that it is used for. A dental hygienist may need only a 2.5x magnification power for his loupe but for those who perform surgical tasks such as root canal treatments or so on may need a magnification power of 4.0x or even more.
Custom made loupes offer a user, who has an existing optical prescription, to incorporate this, rather than buying ‘off the shelf’ loupes which would be unsuitable. Most clinicians who wish to make regular use of dental loupes will probably utilise
a magnification of 2.3x to 3.2x and if your eyesight alters in the future, custom made loupes with corrective lenses mean that alterations can be made to accommodate this, ensuring an always clear field of vision and correct working posture.
Loupes are used within the surgical and dental professions as a magnification device. You could also use loupes for intricate, close-up work, such as model painting. Loupes are also useful as you can adjust the angle of the magnifying lens to point downward so you can stand upright and still look down at what you are working on, therefore improving your posture and helping to prevent neck and back pain.