Loupes for dental hygienists: What to know before you buy

Dec. 6, 2023
Buying the right pair of loupes is an important step in a dental hygienist's career. Here's what to consider and ask.

The decision to purchase loupes is a significant one for a dental hygienist. The right loupes improve a hygienist's entire patient experience; the wrong ones can end up an expensive regret. After owning loupes for some years and going through some trial and error, Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH, had this to say about buying loupes.

"Looking back on my purchasing and lack of research when it came to loupes, I will definitely take a different approach to buying my next pair. There are several things I wish I had known to look into before making such a large purchase."

Read on for Lewis's top tips for purchasing loupes.

The following is adapted from Lewis’ article called What I wish I knew before purchasing loupes, originally published on RDH in July 2023.

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About the Author

Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH

With her love of health and education, Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH, became an RDH in 2009. Since graduation, she’s worked in private practices in Canada and the US. She is currently an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University and works clinically with patients. She loves the field so much that she cocreated Hygiene Edge, an educational platform for dental professionals to learn new skills and techniques. She can be found at @hygieneedge and @meliardh and reached at [email protected].