Tools of the trade: Headband Headset LED Lamp Light Magnifier

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headband magnifyer

by Dr Seina Capp, Thornbury Veterinary Hospital, VIC

This is a cheap headband magnifier and lamp I purchased online. I just wanted something that would slightly increase magnification and light during consultations.

What’s good about it

It’s very handy, particularly when looking for extra eyelashes and at eyelids. It’s also great for examining small wounds and skin lesions. I also use it for examining inaccessible lesions where a bit of light and magnification help. I’ve found that as I get older, my close vision isn’t as good as it once was and this headband can really help.

I use this headband predominately in the consult and for general examinations—anything that warrants a bit more magnification such as eyes, skin, teeth, nails, glass or grit stuck in pads. The reason I chose a cheap version is that it’s pretty robust and comes with eight different magnification lenses. I’m not using it for fine surgery such as suturing corneas; it’s really just to improve our diagnostic capabilities in the consult room.

I’ve had this unit for a couple of years and probably use it every day. It’s a handy adjunct piece of equipment in the consult room.

What’s not so good

It could do with better illumination from the little LED light, but it’s certainly better than nothing. The magnification is also pretty mild so there are limitations on its use. You need to be reasonably close to whatever you’re investigating and sometimes that’s just not possible. This unit is not suitable for surgical use.

Where did you get it

They are available on most of the online shopping websites, but if you need one for surgical use then I’d look at purchasing a brand name from a proper veterinary supplier.

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