Updated: May 12
The use of loupes in dentistry have enabled improved ergonomics and enhances delivery of clinical excellence due to the ability to visualise in a magnified manner.
Loupes are something that I use every single day of practice. After having had several different pairs of dental loupes and also a microscope, the development of innovative PRISMVUE NF2 loupes by PENTAX are really a step in the right direction for clinicians’ necks and posture.
“After having several different pairs of dental loupes and also a microscope, the development of innovative PRISMVUE loupes by Pentax are really a step in the right direction for clinicians’ necks and posture. These prismatic loupes offer the surgeon a bright, magnified view of the operating field...”
These prismatic loupes incorporate unique deflection prisms and offer the surgeon a bright, magnified view of the operating field while maintaining upright posture and facing forward. It prevents the user from needing to hunching their neck and back forward. It allows a bright and wide field of view with good depth of field. The upright posture facing forward during operation prevents the user’s head from interfering with the surgical lights and ensures a bright field of view at all times.
There is a learning curve with these loupes and like anything new, one needs to learn to adapt as the head movement is different, especially when moving your head around to look at a tooth from a lateral view. Overall, they are a major advance in loupe design and the innovative deflection prism feature will ensure longevity and comfort in many dentist’s careers that struggle with conventional loupes.
Originally published page 14, Australasian Dental Practice May/June 2020.
About the author
Dr Christopher Ho is a Specialist Prosthodontist in Sydney. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and has completed postgraduate qualifications in Oral implants as well as a Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from the University of London. He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics at the University of Sydney. He is a Faculty member of GIDE, a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London and the editor of the Wiley-Blackwell textbook “Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry”.
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