Surgical -dental magnifiers from China- opinions


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Last year a few of you spoke about these dental magnifiers that are cheaper, made in China. I'm thinking of getting a pair and the budget is $125.00 ish  any recommendations or vendors who have a good product in that price tier? 

 

Still working for you? 

 

example: 

 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5X-Medical-Loupe-Surgical-Binocular-Loupes-Dental-Magnifying-Glass-420mm-/281974286722

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Most of what I would say I've already said in this thread from 5+ years ago: http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/322773-surgical-loupes/?hl=surgical

 

I can't tell from observation of the loupes if a $100 pair is going to be much different from a $30 pair (I see the prices have dropped to half of what they were 5 years ago).  They would both have the shortcomings of the swing-down design:  heavy, very narrow field of view.  To get around these problems, you'd either have to go to a dedicated pair of loupes without the glass (like http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5X-Hands-Free-Dental-Surgical-Binocular-Loupes-Medical-Eyeglass-Magnifier-/201603763071?hash=item2ef0854b7f:g:oh0AAOSwNuxXX9Kk) or go up a factor of 10 in price for something from Designs for Vision (although there may be less expensive options). 

 

To recap what I've been using:  the cheapest ones from China, removed the plain glass in the frames, modified the bracketry to reduce weight and get the optics as close as possible to the eye for larger field-of-view.  Recently, the plastic bracket broke, and I had to fabricate a metal one.  Cheap junk... except for the optics, which are quite good.

 

One other thing to watch for is the focal length.  Most of them have working distances far greater than I feel comfortable with... but that is not a problem for me, as I am extremely nearsighted, so using them without my glasses makes the working distance just right.  

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I recently purchased a pair of baistra 3.5 x loupes. After getting them adjusted I am extremely satisfied. The working distance is farther away than with the visors but I am getting used to it. I find myself hunching over and getting neck pain far less. They don't feel like the nice 400 Dollar ones but they feel very nice unlike a lot of the cheap Chinese junk. I found them posted on eBay and they arrived sooner than expected and the grand total was 40 dollars. Hope that helps

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Radioactivetodd.... are these the ones?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BAISTRA-Dental-Clip-on-3-5-X-Loupes-Surgical-Binocular-Magnifier-Loupes-Glasses-/152155678343?hash=item236d2f6687:g:VMUAAOSw-4BXX2f5

As Don suggested, Do you think it would it be possible to move the lenses closer to the eye for a wider field of view?

 

Don... possible to get a pic of how you modified yours??

 

Cheers, Mat

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Yes Mat those are the ones i have. Mine still have the attaching clip and i'm fine with the current field of view and i think that Don's modification is probably the best path forward for what you want. I've been using the lanyard tightened up and that relieves alot of the weight on the nose for me.

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After looking around a bit on eBay, I think if I was to do it again I'd go for one of these headband-mounted loupes:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5X-Dental-Surgical-Headband-Medical-Binocular-Loupes-Magnifier-DY-108-3-5X-/301999502676?hash=item465092b554:g:CNYAAOSwRQlXc0Wm

 

That should eliminate the need for the modifications that took me a few hours, and the weight is completely off of the nose.

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One or another of the many versions of this sort of thing, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Carson-Optical-DeskBrite-200-Illuminated-Magnifier-Desk-Lamp/24419299?  (meaning ringlamps with a magnifier in the middle on some kind of gooseneck, in general, not necessarily this particular one), might serve your purpose. I personally like them a lot better than loupes.  :)​ 

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Thanks for all the info... and I do understand that Don's suggestion for a head band style would be more comfortable.

 But, for $6.43 and free shipping, what would be wrong with these? Especially if you need them only for short times for close inspection or touch up work. Is a 10X magnification too much?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-20X-LED-Binocular-Watch-Repair-Adjustable-Headband-Glasses-Magnifier-Loupe-/291412397452?hash=item43d9884d8c:g:C9EAAOSwrklVDMsw

Cheers, Mat

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Thanks for all the info... and I do understand that Don's suggestion for a head band style would be more comfortable.

 But, for $6.43 and free shipping, what would be wrong with these? Especially if you need them only for short times for close inspection or touch up work. Is a 10X magnification too much?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-20X-LED-Binocular-Watch-Repair-Adjustable-Headband-Glasses-Magnifier-Loupe-/291412397452?hash=item43d9884d8c:g:C9EAAOSwrklVDMsw

Cheers, Mat

 

They look very much like two cheap eye loupes held together.  Single lens type, not the Galilean telescope type.  Very short focal length and working distance, I'd guess... but the ad doesn't say specifically.  

 

If you have to assemble watches and don't mind doing it cross-eyed, these might be the ticket.

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