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    I Use That: Compact Prism loupes

    Why one dentist prefers wearing these loupes from SurgiTel.

    Dr. Martin Goldstein, DMD, FAGD, a general dentist in Walcott, Connecticut, has used SurgiTel’s Compact Prism loupes for five years. He praises their field size, depth-of-field and comfort.

    For many practitioners, Dr. Goldstein notes, loupes are an ever-present, vital piece of equipment.

    “At this point in time I use them for everything,” he says. “My routine in the morning is: walk from my office, pass by a little supply room, pick up my loupes, plug in, put them on and then go to work. I never attempt to restore a tooth or diagnose pathology without putting my loupes on.”

    Because loupes are so important, Dr. Goldstein looks for several qualities, ranging from function to comfort.

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    “Since you wear them all day they must be comfortable,” he says. “So, you want them to be lightweight. You also want hi-res vision such that when you look through the lens, it looks as sharp as can be. You want a superior depth of field, which is how much is in focus at any given time, so that you’re not really restricted with respect to backward and forward movement and not hampered by your view going out of focus. That’s critical, as is the size of the field of view. That is, when you’re working in the higher magnifications, how much of your working zone can you see when you’re wearing the loupes? You want that to be relatively generous.

    “In the end, you want everything: You want it sharp and you want it big, and of course you’d like the ability to adjust parameters on the loupes so as to allow for comfortable and ergonomic posture while operating,” he continues. “This is especially important because it can help reduce the risk of neck and back pain. To that end, SurgiTel refers to the ‘angle of declination,’ which has to do with how your eyes and head have to tilt in order to comfortably look at your procedural field without experiencing neck and back strain. That’s something SurgiTel pays close attention to.”

    “Interpupillary distance is another parameter that has to be custom adjusted, as does the working distance,” he continues. “These are all measurements that custom-made loupes should have incorporated into them in order to maximize their effectiveness.”

    Dr. Goldstein says he also appreciates the loupes’ design and esthetics.

    “You’d like them stylish,” he adds. “It may seem trivial, but the SurgiTel line has sort of an understated elegance to their look — simple, compact, not obtrusive. The frames that are offered are contemporary looking, so you almost feel like you are making a loupes fashion statement. You’re wearing these all day, and people probably see you more with your loupes on, so you want to be comfortable with your appearance to whatever extent is possible while wearing telescopes over your eyes. I wear the ‘through the lens’ variety. Those doctors wearing flip-ups have a little more flexibility on how they appear to patients.”

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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