Surgical loupes are essential for some cases because they enhance and
magnify the field for accuracy and precision during the surgery. These
telescopes are uniformly used in oculoplastic procedures, most
strabismus cases and some retinal cases, among other specialty cases.
They can be helpful for everything from very large tumor resections down
to a simple suture removal in the clinic.
When choosing loupes,
it is important to consider the work you are doing. For most
ophthalmologic cases, a 2.5x magnification is sufficient. Higher
magnification is useful for surgeries involving vascular ligature, but
in ophthalmology, most work requiring higher magnifications can be done
with an operating microscope.
Whether you choose ‘through the
lens’ or ‘flip up’ loupes is up to personal preference. The advantage of
through the lens is that you never have to adjust the loupes. They are
fit specifically for you and your pupillary distance. Flip up lenses can
be adjusted for different users if you decide to share. Working
distance and angle of the loupes can matter for your posture. Many
companies have focused on creating a loupe that will decrease the stress
on the surgeon’s neck, an important aspect when considering our field.
frame styles differ. There are traditional thick black frames and newer
sporty styles. Wrap-arounds will provide more protection from bodily
fluids and flying objects, yet sport frames can be more stylish. The
black aluminum frames distribute weight. These are some of the
considerations when choosing loupes but all should be taken into