Lighted Magnifiers: Let There Be Light
A physician's eyes might not always be the sharpest source for a patient diagnosis. There are often cases where a closer look needs to be taken of various parts of a patient's body, either in the operating room or in the examination room. In such instances, doctors will need to have a variety of lighted magnifiers on hand in order to put more light on the subject. The strength of the magnification and the brightness of the light needed will determine the type of lighted magnifier necessary for a particular use, but just as every patient is different, there should be a selection from which the physician can choose in order to make the most accurate diagnosis.
The amount of space in the examination room will determine the type of illuminated magnifiers the physician can use. For mobile doctors who do not have a permanent place for diagnosis patients, or for those who make house calls or visit hospital rooms, a portable means of magnification is necessary. There are many different kinds of hand held magnifiers which range in size from the largest RING models to the smaller pocket-sized versions. Hand held units are ideal for looking for skin and eye conditions. The tiny size of these enables the doctor to look at parts of the body which might be unreachable from a mounted magnifiers. Due to their size, these are more cost effective than wall or floor mounted magnifier units. This enables any facility to equip itself with several of these for all of its attending physicians, no matter how tight the budget restrictions are.
Other, larger form of lighted magnifiers exist. One of the main uses of of a mounted magnifiers is to enable the practitioner to perform examinations or procedures with both hands without having to juggle a lamp. Two main types of mounted magnifying lamps exist. These are floor and wall mounted lamps. The design of the examination room and the use of the facility will guide your choice. For rooms geared toward skin or examinations where the physician will require a lighted magnifier for nearly every patient, then a wall mounted fixture would be ideal. These are often on arms which will extend from the wall for use and fold back in for storage. If that room is to be the only room where such examinations might take place, it would be wise to mount a wall magnification light. Many times will arise when the physician will need a portable means of magnification that keeps their hands free. In such instances, a rolling floor illuminated magnifier will be able to move from room to room with the examiner while keeping is hands free for his job.
No matter what type of illuminated magnifier you acquire for your facility, you will need a model that provides a large, area of magnification. The lights in most cases are fluorescent for longevity of the bulbs . Some of these lights have problems with taking too long to fully light or they might flicker. This means that you will need to look for models which come equipped with special ballasts to ensure immediate illumination.
For a closer look at the patients, and more accurate ability in diagnosis, you will need to take another look at getting new illuminated magnifiers for the use of the physicians in your facility.