“I think we’ll see less and less of the head mirror,” said Ron Karni, MD, assistant professor in the department of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “If a physician is more comfortable with the mirror, then he or she should continue to use it. However, battery-powered headlights provide excellent illumination, are relatively cheap and can be transported into the hospital or from room to room in the office.”
D.J. Verret, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, recalled using head mirrors in exams during his residency years. Most of the residents he trained with still use the head mirror today, he said. “The head mirror is an excellent method for illuminating the nasal and oral cavity and mirror for indirect laryngeal examination,” he added.
—Ron Karni, MD
One of the reasons headlights gained momentum initially is they require less finesse to adjust where the light is focused, virtually eliminating the need for hours of practice learning to position the head mirror correctly.