Townie® Poll

Magnification

Poll conducted from 11/18/2005 To 12/16/2005

Do you currently use loupes?
714 total votes
44%
Yes
56%
No
How long have you been wearing loupes?
280 total votes
9%
Less than one month
13%
1 to 6 months
13%
7 to 11 months
48%
1–4 years
17%
More than 5 years
How would you describe your loupe usage?
337 total votes
65%
All the time
13%
Some of the time
1%
Only with perio
22%
I do not use loupes
What is your biggest obstacle to using loupes?
119 total votes
8%
They’re ordered and I’m waiting for them
13%
Can’t decide which ones to get
28%
I’m thinking about
43%
Can’t afford them
8%
I don’t see any need for magnification
When were you first introduced to loupes?
349 total votes
29%
As a student
7%
In a journal article
33%
From the dentist employer
11%
From another hygienist
16%
From another health professional (chiropractor, etc.)
4%
Dental meeting exhibit
0%
Other
What do you consider the greatest benefit from using loupes?
343 total votes
41%
Magnification
35%
Correct posture
22%
Quality of work
2%
Other
Who do you think should pay for loupes?
353 total votes
52%
Person wearing them
19%
Dentist employer
30%
Shared expense between user and employer
0%
Employer pays upfront; user pays back over time
Which do you think are better?
309 total votes
67%
Through-the-lens (TTL)
33%
Flip-up
What are your greatest concerns about loupes?
315 total votes
21%
Getting used to wearing them
10%
Infection control
27%
Cost
1%
Appointments taking longer
8%
Combining current prescription with magnification
17%
Deterioration in my vision from using magnification
14%
The weight of wearing them
3%
Other
If you currently wear loupes, how long was the adjustment period?
270 total votes
13%
1 hour
16%
1 day
27%
Couple of days
15%
1 week
14%
2 weeks
10%
1 month
5%
Never really got comfortable with them
Are you concerned with infection control?
349 total votes
49%
Yes
51%
No
Would you purchase the same brand again?
263 total votes
78%
Yes, love them
2%
Yes, but would switch from TTL to Flip-up
5%
Yes, but would switch from Flip-up to TTL
15%
No, I’ve researched other brands and I’d prefer a new one now
Do you use a headlamp with your loupes?
282 total votes
12%
Yes
88%
No

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