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As a dental professional who owns a clinic that opens almost 10 hours a day, Mondays through Saturdays, it is just normal for me to feel a little bit tired at the end of the day. During the first few years of my practice, I thought that having eye pain and body aches are just normal. Most often, I merely rest for a while and take a pain reliever to ease the pain. However, as the years passed by I noticed that the medication that I have been taking for years does not any more work for me. This may either be because my system is already used to it or the intensity of the pain has leveled up.
This was the time I realized that I really need to see a physician. And then I discovered that I already have developed chronic body pains which include upper and lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and headache.
How did I learn about dental loupe?
One time, my friend in college invited me to a conference. There I learned about this breakthrough in modern dentistry: the dental loupe. After learning about this handy dental device, I decided to purchase one. And so I bought my first dental loupe. It was a through the lens loupe with a dental headlight. I started with 2.5x magnification level since I intend to use it only for my usual daily dental tasks like clinical examinations, checkups, and tooth extraction. I also need to get accustomed to it first before I will try higher magnification levels.
What optical aids did I use before?
You might be wondering if I have ever used any optical aids in my dentistry practice in the past few years. Yes, I have been using the surgical operating microscope for years but I only use it for dental procedures and surgeries that really need more focus and accuracy. I normally do not use them for simple clinical works since I am not that comfortable using it. Since I do not use optical aids for simple procedures, I usually lean closer to my patients' mouth and exert a little more effort to see the area I am working on a bit clearer and closer. Most often, I need to hold such unnatural position for an extended period of time. This has greatly affected my ergonomics.
Major benefits dental loupes have given me
The dental loupe did not only enhanced my vision, it likewise provided a lot of other benefits. It allows me to work well and see better within a specified working distance. I do not need to lean closer to my patient's mouth and I can work well in an upright position without getting any eye strain or body pain. Aside from that, I am able to improve my work performance and also to enhance the confidence and satisfaction of my patients.
The dental loupe magnifies everything that I see through the lens. And because of that, I am able to clearly and quickly see everything inside the oral cavity in detail. The sharp and crisp image it produces allow me to successfully perform just about any dental procedures without any problem.