Correcting the the common misconceptions about dental loupes

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Magnification optical loupes are getting more popular among dental professionals around the world nowadays. However, there are also countless dental professionals who refuse to use them for a variety of reasons. Some of these common reasons are the widespread myths and misconceptions about magnification loupes. Let us debunk some of these common misconceptions.

Magnification optical loupes are getting more popular among dental professionals around the world nowadays. Because of the several benefits, they provide such as improved visualization, working posture, and precision among others, many dentists and hygienists are encouraged to use them for daily dental practice. However, there are also countless dental professionals who refuse to use them for a variety of reasons. Some of these common reasons are the widespread myths and misconceptions about magnification loupes.

Below are some of the common misconceptions that stop dental professionals from using a pair of Schultz dental loupes.

Dental loupes are only for the aged professionals

Young dentists and dental hygienists think that dental loupes are only intended for aged people or those with visual issues. They believe that they are better off without magnification glasses for as long as they still have perfect vision and they don’t have any eye problem.

The fact is, anyone can use dental optical loupes regardless of the operator’s eye health and age. Magnification optical aids are not similar to prescription eyeglasses which primary intend to correct vision problems. Though, you can add prescription to the loupes.


Dental loupes are used to provide better visualization of the oral cavity by magnifying or enlarging the operator’s field of view when looking through the optical lenses. They are available in different magnification levels ranging from 2.0x to 6.0x. The lowest level, which is the 2.0x, is ideal for general dental procedures while the maximum level available for dental loupes (6.0x) is used for more intricate operations such as microsurgery.

Using dental loupes can hurt your eyes

Using dental magnification loupes for an extended period of time can cause vision problems to those with a healthy set of eyes. This is what some dental professionals believe.

The fact is, dental loupes are merely an optical aid that helps you see a larger image of the operating field. They do not, in any way, cause or correct visual problems for as long as you are using the right pair. When you say “the right pair” it means that the loupes perfectly fit your measurements and visual requirements such as the working distance, interpupillary distance, angle of declination, and magnification power.

Dental loupes can exacerbate work-related pains or injuries

Dental practice has always been associated with a variety of musculoskeletal pains or injuries and eye strain. And many dental professionals believe that these pains can even worsen if you use magnification glasses.

The fact is, the right ergonomically designed loupes can be more of a benefit, and never a threat. It can help you maintain an ergonomic and neutral working posture, thus relieving any work-related musculoskeletal pains such as upper and lower back pain, shoulder fatigue, and neck stress. It can even help reduce risks to eyestrain and other work-related pains or injury due to long hours of dental work.

Endnote

Now that we have already debunked some of the common misconceptions about dental loupes, you can be able to purchase your own loupes and use them with ease and without worrying about them damaging your eye and health. Again, dental loupes are not used for correcting vision problems. They help you see the oral cavity more closely and clearly in crisp detail while enabling you to work with a good working posture.

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