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Can loupes eventually lead to eye issues?

The loupes that dentists and hygienists wear as their safety glasses seem as if they could cause a strain in the eyes over time. I have had LASIK eye correction in the past and I was told at that time to never wear eyeglasses or magnifying glasses of any kind. Are loupes really contraindicated for those that have had LASIK eye correction?



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Maybe you should call the dr that did your Lasik and ask again, they havent strained my eyes, if anything once you get used to wearing loupes they help you not strain your eyes bc you can see the teeth better and with a light (mine comes w/ a light).

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Interesting that you were told to never wear magnifying glasses because to my knowledge, most people need readers after LASIK (this includes several family members of mine that have undergone LASIK). In Googling the topic, I found that loupes haven’t been shown to cause strain to eyes over time. Per Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, “After consulting with an ophthalmologist about magnification, I was informed that he and his colleagues agree that use of magnifying loupes does not harm or weaken eyes.” I also contacted two dental loupe companies, of which one has returned my email, and stated that loupes are not contraindicated in people who have undergone LASIK. By no means am I suggesting you go against your doctor’s orders, however I might suggest you seek another doctor’s opinion.
 
Here’s the link for the above quote: file:///C:/Users/Ben%20B/Downloads/Magnification%20in%20Dentistry%20(1).pdf
I’m not sure it will work because it’s a PDF, but I did a Google search for “do magnification loupes harm eyes” and it was the second link down titled Magnification in Dentistry – ResearchGate

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I wanted an ophthalmologist’s opinion on this for myself, so through my contacts at Dental Products Report/Modern Hygienst and the parent company UBM Medica, I got a quote from Dr. Ernie Bowling, the Chief Ophthalmic Editor of Optometry Times. He stated, “I have it on good authority that loupes aren’t contraindicated. In fact, they probably help some people who are now plano (requiring no correction) after LASIK and they need magnification at near.”

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