Why Use Personal Loupes?

90% of dentists in the USA use Loupes.

Why should you use Loupes and Personal Lights too?
With a bewildering range of models, your choice of loupes is not just one of vanity in terms of model and color. A recent study quantifies the benefits of magnification loupes across dental specialties.

The result is clear:

“Utilizing magnifying loupes - no matter what your specialty - can help your posture and save your back. It exerts a positive influence on the operature posture”


Dental loupes are effective in eliminating back strain as it forces the operator to adopt a better posture. In a profession that is known for its back- and shoulder pains that is welcome news!

Most important factors for choosing Loupes are:

  • strength,
  • Flip-up or TTL (Trough-The-Lens),
  • Focus adjustment,
  • Your application
  • Your preferred working distance.

The latter is very important, as it has been proven that loupes can benefit your ergonomics significantly.

Magnification and resolution must be established for a successful pair of loupes.

Resolution is the ability to distinguish two separate objects, whereas magnification is the degree of enlargement. Field of vision is the term used when an individual is looking down a pair of loupes and is able to see from the entire length from left to the right at any one given time. Typically, a higher degree of magnification results in a smaller field of vision.

Common magnifications available are from x2 to x4+, depending on user preferences and the nature of clinical work being performed.

The main two models for Dental loupes are: Through the Lens (TTL), and Flip up Loupes.

TTL loupes have the magnification built onto the lens, which means they cannot be moved – whereas Flip up loupes have a movable arm attached to the magnification and are adjustable. Both offer advantages and disadvantages.

TTL Loupes


  • Lighter weight to equivalent Flip ups
  • Offer wider field of vision
  • Custom fit to individual at the most optimal ergonomic position
  • Better comfortable fit
  • Prescription glasses can be incorporated onto the lens


  • They generally cost more than the equivalent magnification Flip ups
  • If a prescription glasses change, the loupes would need to be sent back to the
  • manufacturer to be modified
  • Cannot be removed, so communicating with the patient can be troublesome
  • Only the clinician they are prescribed for can use them.

Flip Up Loupes


  • Cost less than TTL loupes
  • Easily flipped up for better vision for routine tasks
  • Not operator specific
  • Prescription glasses can be easily changed on the lens


  • Angle of declination is adjustable so you wont always get the most ergonomic position,
  • strain to eyes and/or musculoskeletal systems
  • Weigh more than the equivalent TTL and potentially cause uneven weight distribution
  • Narrower field of vision

Working distance:

The working distance can be defined as the distance from your loupes to the object in question. This distance can be measured if you position yourself with a patient lying on the dental chair. The distance is from your eyes, to the patients’ mouth when you are sat upright.

For more information follow the link to our working distance Video and Guide

Depth of field:

The depth of field is the ability to focus on an object in several different levels. If you have a set working distance for your loupes, that is the optimum distance to focus on. So if your depth of field is for example 10cm, you would be able to move back 5cm and 5 cm forward and still see the object clearly. If you move away from this depth of field, you would be out of focus and the object would seem blurry. It is beneficial to have a large depth of field so the loupes are more forgiving when you are operating with them.

Get started and find the ideal Loupe in our extensive Loupe section: Click Here!

Lights in combination with Loupes:

On our website you will find many Light units that can be attached to the loupes and aid in the vision and detail. Many argue that the combination of dental loupes with a light is significantly more effective than just loupes on their own.

Find the ideal light to go with your Loupe in our Lights Section: Click Here!