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Dental loupe technology is improving at a constant pace. Every now and then, dental loupe manufacturers introduce new products and make them readily available in the market. With the long stretch of options to choose from and with all products claiming to be the best in town, navigating the world of dental magnification loupes and finding the one that will really work best for you is becoming more challenging. This blog post aims to make this tricky navigation a bit simpler by comparing the types of dental loupes.
There are currently many types of dental magnifying loupes available in the market. Among these types are the TTL or through the lens loupes and the flip up loupes.
The TTL loupes also referred to as front-mounted loupes, have the optical barrels embedded in the carrier lens and are being fixed in place. It offers a slightly wider width of the field since the optical barrels are closer to the eye. If you choose to use this type of loupe, you need to have it customized so it will precisely fit the measurement of your pupillary distance, focal distance, working distance, and preferred angle of declination to make sure that you get both proper neck positioning and good visualization. If you need prescription eyeglasses, you can have it added during customization. TTL loupes are known for being less weighty as compared to the other types of loupes.
The downside of TTL loupe, though, is its price. You also need to remove it whenever you are not using it like when you need to talk to your patient or to do paperwork. Since TTL loupes are personalized, you can not easily sell them anytime you want to.
Some top of the line TTL loupes is Dental Loupes Fusion TTL from Schultz, RDH Elite and EyeZoom Mini from Orascoptic, and BDR Loupes from Designs for Vision.
The optical barrels of the flip up loupe, on the other end, is mounted on a hinge mechanism of the frames. It does not necessarily need further customization since the angle of declination and the pupillary distance can be manually adjusted anytime, allowing for more ergonomic and upright posture when performing any dental task. You can also flip it out of your sight whenever not in use without the need to take it out completely. The flip up loupes is less expensive than the TTL loupes. You can also easily and quickly add or change prescription in the carrier lens anytime you need to.
One of the major disadvantages of this type of loupe is its weight. On top of the lenses and the barrel, the weight of the hinge can also add up to the total weight of the entire loupe. Because of its weight, wearing the flip up dental loupe for extended periods of time can cause discomfort and stress most especially on your neck and on the upper portion of the bridge of your nose.
Among the leading flip up dental loupes manufacturers are PeriOptix and Schultz.