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declination angle for loupes

Wondering if anyone could help me with a few questions about loupes. I have had the same pair of loupes for about 7 years now, and I’m beginning to wonder if it may be time for a new pair. I know the declination angle should be around 20 degrees, but I feel like mine maybe larger, and thus causing some neck pain. I use Orascoptic. How do you measure where your declination angle is, and does anyone have a certain brand they like? Researching all of these has been a little overwhelming and no way am I going to let pain interfere with my career! Thanks everyone:)



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This is a bit tough to answer because everyone is different (face shape, needs, etc.) so just because I like a certain brand, doesn’t mean the same brand will work for you. I highly recommend going to a dental conference, if possible, to try on as many different loupes as you can. This helps you compare and find the best for your individual needs. If you can’t do that, see if there are different manufacturer reps in your area that could meet with you so you could try many different kinds.
 
Here are a couple links explaining how to measure declination angle (basically someone needs to take a picture of you measure that way):
 
http://assets2.dentalproductshopper.com/product_images/S/Surgitel/PDF/Declination%20Angle%20as%20the.pdf
 
https://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/declination-angle-the-key-factor-for-custom-loupes-b-j-chang-phd/

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When I was in hygiene school, I tried Orascoptic and Designs for Vision loups. I personally liked the feel of Orascoptic better. I own Orascoptic and I absolutely love them! I have the light also. I like the Oakley frame because it is lightwight and the headlight doesn’t seem to make it overly heavy. I have been using the same loups for about 3 years now and still love them! I would agree with Kara about trying to go to a conference to try multiple different brands out. Usually those companies run great deals at dental conferences also!

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