Dentistry is a profession that demands fine and accurate skill. Practice of fine dentistry is highly dependant on excellent hand-eye coordination and the utmost perfection of manual dexterity. Years of committed practice of dentistry burdens the operator with many an occupational hazard and the most common among them is eyestrain. Studies have shown that87 % of dentists suffer from some form of eyestrain, and 90 % of dentists will require visual assistance at some point in their practice. In addition to eyestrain, recent studies have also demonstrated that dentists also suffer from various musculoskeletal disorders, commonly chronic lower back pain. In a landmark survey conducted in 2006, amongst dentists of Queensland,indicated 87 % of dentists report symptoms from musculoskeletal disorder! It is a very well documented fact that permanent cure or relief from chronic lower back pain is slim. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is another scourge that haunts both dentists and dental hygienists. CTS results from poor posture at work, particularly arising from slouching shoulders and excessive neck strain.
Evidence suggests that using magnification loupes will improve the posture of dental clinicians, thus decreasing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. According to extensive studies carried out by - James T& Gilmour AS at Cardiff University School of Dentistry, magnification loupes clearly enhances visualization of fine detail, compensates for the loss of near vision (presbyopia) & ensures maintenance of correct posture. The wearing of loupes is becoming an accepted norm amongst qualified practitioners and increasingly in the undergraduate population.