Tools of the trade: Surgical Micro 250/300 loupes


loupesby Dr Beverley Hirst, Butler Dental, WA

When I first graduated, I thought loupes were unnecessary and just an added complication. I soon discovered the error of my ways and have been using loupes for the past 12 years.

What’s good about it

These Surgitel loupes are fitted on an Oakley frame. The best thing about them is that they are lightweight and very comfortable. It feels like you are wearing a pair of spectacles. A lot of loupes have lenses that are moulded into the frame so you need to look above to see normally and below to see magnification. These Surgitel loupes allow you to flip the lenses away from the frame.

A representative from Inline Medical came and fitted me for the loupes when we purchased them. He took a number of measurements so that they would have an ideal focal length to maintain a healthy posture. I never need to bend or twist and have had no neck or shoulder pain from wearing these loupes.

I originally had a different brand of light attached to the loupes but it stopped working a while ago. I will replace it but working with just the overhead light is fine.

I can’t believe that I once thought of loupes as unnecessary. If I attempt to perform dentistry without them now, I feel like I’ve lost a limb. It’s great to be able to see everything in fine detail and I’m sure I provide better dentistry for my patients.

What’s not so good

While a lightweight frame is an advantage, it means it’s a little less sturdy than ideal. It’s always going to be a trade-off between weight and strength. The Oakley frames are great and I like the way they wrap around your face—it would just be nice if they were a little stronger.

Where did you get it

Inline Medical

Previous articleComing up—special needs dentistry event
Next articleForum to discuss dental product manufacturing and export


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here