Magnification devices and their accessories can be quite confusing. The thought of getting setup can seem complicated, especially when you are new to it all. 


As dentists ourselves we know what's relevant, and we know what you (as a clinical professional) need to know about magnification and illumination.

Take some time to get to grips with the common terms, types of product available and set-up process. If you get stuck, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

What are Loupes?
Magnification in Loupes
Working Distance
Interpupillary Distance

What are Loupes?

Loupes are magnification devices that are used to see an object in greater detail.

A pair of loupes can be defined in the medical/dental sector as a pair of glasses with two loupe lenses (occulars) integrated into the structure of the frame.

The loupe lens is made up of a series of lenses that achieve optically refined and true magnification.

Magnification in Loupes

Magnification allows the clinician to enhance what he or she sees, thus allowing for more precise treatment, and achievement of better overall treatment outcome. 

The essential component of achieving magnification is the lens.

Optiloupe lenses have been developed in close cooperation with clinical professionals, as ultimately these are the best people to decide the exact specifications required. Each lens is tailored to each individual thus offering optimal field and depth of view at a selected magnification, whilst being extremely small and lightweight.

Optiloupe lenses are able to work in a wide range of settings, from general use (e.g. general medical and dental use), to more specialist environments (e.g. complex surgeries/precision dental treatments).

Optiloupe lenses are available in 2.5x, 3.0x, 3.5x and 4.0x magnification.

Working Distance

Working Distance is the normal distance between the eye and work area being focused on.


Setting the working distance to individual requirements allows the user to achieve optimal magnification at a distance from the patient that suits them.

All optiloupe lenses are specially engineered to each individuals specification.

Optiloupe lens working distances can be set between 290mm-550mm.

Recording the correct working distance is a simple process. Please contact us for further information on how to measure your working distance accurately.

Interpupillary Distance

Interpupillary Distance is the distance between the pupils of the eye.

Setting the Interpupillary Distance to individual requirements allows for optimal visualization to be achieved for each individual.

Please contact us for further information on how to measure your interpupillary distance accurately.


It is important to ensure that your Loupes are fully tailored to your needs, especially if your normal vision relies on the use of either:

•      Prescription Spectacles
•      Contact Lenses


The optiloupe frame is capable of integrating a prescription insert.

It neatly integrates into the frame when required, and can be easily removed if you choose to wear contact lenses.

The prescription insert can be changed at any point should your prescription change without the need to send your optiloupes back to us. This makes the optiloupe a very affordable long term investment.


​The use of magnification loupes can provide a great improvement on the area being viewed, however using small ocular loupes can also significantly reduce the amount of light reaching the retina, and hence adversely affect the quality of final image viewed.

The use of illumination can greatly help improve the magnification result and achieve optimal detection, diagnosis and treatment.

The use of loupe mounted LED lighting systems is the most common and most stable way of achieving illumination in the present day. See our optilightHD pages for more information.