Remember the last time you or your significant other had to fix a catastrophic leak under the kitchen sink? Laying on your back, with a pair of ten pound slip-joint pliers in one hand, some plumber’s putty in the other, and absolutely no way to hold a flashlight. Well, you’re not the only one. Much like plumbing, in the world of medicine, the job gets a lot harder if you can’t see what you’re trying to fix!
By this point, we’re all familiar with the many joys of a visit to the dentist. Besides the anticipation and anxiety, the one thing most people remember vividly is the large, bright light hanging above their head and shining almost directly in their eyes. This may be universally unpleasant, but rest at ease knowing that without this light, the dentist would likely need a third arm to get his job done. That light, along with many others located in physician’s offices around the nation, is known as a medical lamp. Medical lamps usually come as either a hand-held light, which is generally portable, or a stationary, hands-free lamp. Typically, the hands-free variety come pre-mounted to a pair of rotating, metal arms for easy manipulation.
One of the most popular medical lamps among medical professionals would be the Waldmann magnifying lamp, which combines the typical high-powered medical lamp with a magnifying lens. This would see practical use in any medical setting where careful observation is a necessity, largely due to the greater visual fidelity provided by the magnifying lens. A good example of such practice would be a dermatological clinic, a dentist’s office, or even the local family doctor. Often, these lamps are very high- powered, typically loaded with LED bulbs rated for 50,000 or more hours of life, and complete with plastic guards to shield both the patient and the doctor from the heat of the lamp.
Additionally, there are far more models of medical lamp available than just the Waldmann magnifying lamp, such as lights with multiple levels of magnification, optical output for use with monitors, or bulbs that emit light of varying wavelengths for specialized procedures. An example these more specialized products would be the mounted line of Waldmann ISIS surgery lights and the Waldmann Tevisio series of LED lights, which feature all multiple points of articulation. So, from plumber to dentist, I think we can all agree that sometimes it’s nice to have a second set of hands!