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Surgical Eye Loupes Magnify a Viewing Area


Surgical eye loupes are medical equipment that enhance and magnify the field of vision during a surgery, medical procedure, or medical exam. Physicians and veterinarians wear the loupes to get visual clarity of a specific which improves efficiency and lowers the risk of errors.


Essential Equipment for Seeing the Smallest Details


Many times, a physician needs to work on small tissues during a surgery or needs a magnified view of an area, like a mole on the skin or an area of a dental patient's gums. Loups offer hands-free magnification in two basic styles. One is the flip-up style in which magnifying lenses can be flipped up and down on the eyewear frame. The other style is through-the-lens in which the magnifying lenses are affixed to the lens of the eyewear frame. Today's new surgical eye loupes enable the ability to set intrapupillary, declination, and convergence for ideal optical alignment, similar to the through-the-lens style that is specifically fit to the wearer. However, the flip-up style is more versatile because alignment adjustments can be made for whoever is wearing the surgical eye loupes.


The Right Loupes for the Right Purpose


Surgical eye loupes are available in different magnifications in order to accommodate physician needs. The 2.5X magnification or 3.0X is sufficient for most ophthalmology and dental procedures. Magnifications of 3.5X and higher are selected when the physician needs to see greater details. Note: The higher the magnification, the heavier the loupes. Other factors to consider beyond style and magnification include:


  • Resolution
  • Field-of-View
  • Depth-of-Field
  • Declination
  • Weight


Additional Qualities to Consider


There are a few more qualities to consider when selecting the loupes. Do the surgical eye loupes have: 


  • Balanced weight distribution?
  • Non-reflecting finish?
  • Reliable mounting system?
  • Ability to set intrapupillary, declination, and convergence for optical alignment?
  • Durable eyewear frames?


Decrease Risk of Eye Strain and Back Pain


The declination angle is an important ergonomic feature. The ideal surgical eye loupes will have an angle of declination that enables the wearer to assume a neck and back posture that minimizes strain.