Friday, January 25, 2013

Ordered my Designs for Vision loupes!

I ordered my dental telescopes/loupes! First professional dentist purchase. I’ll be getting them just in time for General Restorative Dentistry coming up.

I decided to go with Designs For Vision for my dental telescope/loupes. (I learned that these mean the same thing.) I tried on the different options in Dental Simulations and decided on Designs For Vision in the end. Here’s why…

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1. Image clarity

The images through these Designs for Vision loupes are crisp and clear. Since I also got the Student Combo pack with LED DayLite UltraMini, the combined view with this bright light was like having magic eyes.

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Designs for Vision considers magnification the most important feature of dental telescopes & accurately magnifies the image size 2.5 times with a 2.5X product. In fact, there is a huge difference even among 2.5x magnification images across different companies.

2. Adjustable working distance throughout dental school

As part of my fitting process (which I’ll write about soon), we measured my working distance. Kevin- our company representative- had brought in a mannequin for this. He asked me to pull up a chair and sit up as if I were working. Well, I’ve only worked on mannequins in DentSim, not real patients... I pulled up close and asked him, “Does this look right?” #amateurdentist.

The good thing is that Designs For Vision will adjust your working distance free of charge throughout dental school. This is good news for dental students like me as we’re still learning to be ergonomic dentists.

3. Customer service

Kevin, who is the company representative for University of Pennsylvania, has been so knowledgeable and patient throughout my loupe decision & selection process! In addition to dropping by Penn every week, he’s always accessible by email (or phone if you were clueless like me). In an attempt to educate myself on different loupes and magnifications and every overwhelming information out there, Kevin and I had many email marathons…. in which he answered my questions and followed up promptly every single time.

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I told you I have a flat Asian profile which makes trying on glasses in America a little bit tedious… I must admit I tried on the frames a gazmillion frames before choosing the new SkyView frames. I didn’t know what to look for in a well-fitting frame, and Kevin guided me through this selection process as well.

And because these loupes are a lifetime purchase, I feel pretty good knowing I have a great representative to back me up.

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Now I’m just waiting for my loupes to arrive. My loupes are probably being made in New York this moment… they will be soon on their way and I couldn’t be more excited!

This post is sponsored by Designs for Vision. You can find out more about Designs for Vision here or find your area representative here. You can also contact our Philadelphia area’s rep Kevin Mayock at kmayock@dvimail.com if you have any questions!

23 comments:

  1. thanks for the info! I was debating on which company to go for, and this helped!

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  2. Your Information is very Cooool!!

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    1. Glad you found it Helpful (with a capital H)! ;)

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  3. how disgusting were the teethes like black from the inside thank god mine are fine i go for checkup in every 2 months..

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  4. Do you people really not realize the someone from DFV posed as a Student and wrote this? Im dissapointed by DFV's desperation and the other bloggers gulability

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    1. Hello, I actually looked at my different loupe choices and decided on Designs For Vision and wrote this post myself. If you have any questions about deciding what loupes to get, feel free to email me. I gave a lot of thought to the different options since there's some great companies out there.

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  5. Really?! If that is the case and these comments were truly unbiased, why were they 'sponsored' by DFV?

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    1. I included that disclaimer to let people know that I have a partnership with Designs for Vision. You'll see that I have a DFV banner on the side of my blog.

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  6. Looks like a Designs for vision competitor is a little butthurt they didn't think of this idea first

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  7. Ah..I see. Well, "partnerships" usually mean that both sides receive something out of the deal. You must be on the payroll or have received your loupes for free so in the future, remember that true blogs are for unbiased opinions...not paid advertisements.

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    1. Well, she was unbiased in the sense that she took her time to research all the loupes before deciding on DFV. Just a thought.

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  8. Actually not the case, Sharon. We simply prefer to earn our business the old fashion way.

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  9. I got the sports frame and it is not fitting my face well. My rep said DFV can replace frame for me at no cost however, do you have any idea if they will charge me another duty fee for my new pair as my loops were delivered through Fed Ex when I first got them? Thanks!

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    1. You should talk to your company rep! In my case when I got my working distance adjusted (free procedure while in dental school) I wasn't charged for shipping. :)

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  10. Extremely unHappy (with a capital H) with Designs for Visions service!!! My glasses were sent in for minor repairs the end of December 2013. I had received a call back in the beginning of January with a quote on how much the repairs were going to cost me. Money is definitely not the issue here but they were stating that in order for them to send my glasses back there were issues that MUST be taken care of they could do so. Since they already had my glasses and were doing all repairs on the glasses I wanted a re-measurement of my face so that my glasses will fit perfectly when I get them returned. DFV had a hard time understanding why I wanted them RE-MEASURED. I made them aware that when I had gotten them originally measured with was at a dental show 12+ years ago and I felt that when they originally did it, it was rushed. Customer service stated that I needed to contact my rep and he would schedule an appointment with me. It is now the beginning of February and I have still not received an appointment date or received my glasses back. This is getting to be ridiculous and way to long of a time frame for me to not be with my glasses. If this would be 12 years ago and you were asking me for a review about this company I would have had nothing bad to say

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    1. I would highly suggest you look up your representative's number & contact him/her directly! I am so sorry you are having a bad experience with your loupes. That is so frustrating that you couldn't get yours re-measured to be working properly.

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  11. Hi. cool blog. not sure if youll still read this. but I ordered the same loupes as you and I cant get over the fact that the side shields they provide dont fit the frames! did you have this issue? I love the frames but they look ridiculous with the shields.

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