Tools of the trade: Orascoptic HiRes Plus loupes + Zeon Endeavour light


 by Dr Joshua Pond, All About Teeth, Townsville, QLD.

I used 2.5X magnification loupes for about 10 years. Then, about five years ago, I started using a microscope and this led me to increase the magnification of my loupes to 4.5X. There is simply no drawback to having extra magnification when performing any type of dentistry.

What’s good about it

I use loupes or a microscope for virtually all dental procedures. The Orascoptic loupes have a large field of view that lets me see about half an arch at once. That’s large enough for fillings and most of my work.

The Zeon light produces clean, white illumination. I’ve found that with stronger magnification, bright light is very important and probably the thing that helps the most. The battery for the light is clipped to my belt with a well-positioned cord that doesn’t get in the way.

Patients don’t even seem to notice that I’m wearing loupes. None of them have ever mentioned it—they obviously think it’s all part and parcel of the whole procedure.

A rep came out and measured the distance between my pupils and fitted the loupes with the prescription from my optometrist. They are very comfortable to wear and have never given me any eyestrain.

What’s not so good

The only negative is the extra weight when you’re wearing them. The larger the magnification, the heavier the loupes—and you can feel it a bit in your neck at the end of the day. My loupes have a strap at the back of my head to help with the weight and hold them in place.

Where did you get it

Kerr Australia 

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