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Quick Magnifier Facts

We Can Help You Select the Magnifer that Suits Your Unique Needs

Showing the can label with magnificationUsing a magnifier to read a can label

Here are some quick magnifier facts to help you better understand the complexity of making that selection.

  • Drugstores and hobby shops often carry weak-powered magnifiers. You can find stronger magnifiers at agencies serving people with vision loss, low vision clinics and catalogs.
  • You will get the best results when you seek guidance from a vision rehabilitation professional. They will ensure you do not make the common mistake of selecting a a too-strong or too-weak magnifier.  Professionals will also show you how to hold and position the magnifier.
    The right strength and positioning will ensure you see the best you can.
  • Every magnifier has a certain strength. It is a number written on the handle or the packaging.  The higher the number the stronger the level of magnification.
  • As magnification power increases, the size of the lens diameter decreases. What you see is bigger, but you will see less of the whole at one time.
  • As magnification power increases, the distance you hold it from the end of your nose, and the object in view decreases.
  • The lens must be parallel to the reading material. You must look straight down through the center of the lens to see as well as possible.