Aim: The study aims to determine the perspective of dental professionals towards magnifying loupes and the selection criteria used while purchasing them.
Materials and methods: In this regard, a close-ended questionnaire was structured and distributed among 111 dental professionals. The questionnaire was designed to obtain information regarding the usage of magnifying loupes in dental practices and procedures, limiting factors, and selection criteria for purchasing. The results obtained from this study were statistically analyzed with the help of SPSS.
Results: The findings illustrated that most respondents considered the use of magnifying loupes beneficial in dental practices. Also, 20.7% of them preferred “Through-the-Lens” magnifying loupes over “Flip-up” ones.
Furthermore, many of the respondents considered that price, magnification, and resolution are the main factors in terms of selection criteria.
Conclusion: Although, there is an immense growth seen in the usage of magnifying loupes in dentistry; still there is a need to increase the awareness of the dental professionals regarding the positive outcomes of magnification aids in dentistry.
Clinical significance: The study will help enlightening clinicians regarding the selection criteria while purchasing magnifying loupes for dental practices.
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