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Bigger is Not Always Better
May 18, 2017
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Bigger is Not Always Better

If you are looking for a reading magnifier that will help magnify a full page of a book or a magazine, the idea of a full page magnifier is very appealing. A page magnifier is one of many vision aids for macular degeneration that can assist with reading.

Reading Magnifiers

Lighting and magnification are the two most important reading aids in helping one see words clearly. Most people prefer to have a large area of print magnified rather than just a few words or just part of a sentence. So, ideally, a full page magnifier is the best for reading. And it may be depending on how much magnification a person needs.

But here is a good time to share another magnification principle - bigger is not always better. Let me explain. A large size magnifier, like a full page magnifier is a weaker magnifier. Meaning you won’t find one that offers a 5x magnifying power.

Most page magnifiers usually offer 2x magnification - this magnifier will make the print appear two times its original size. And, if the magnifier also provides good lighting, the need for higher magnification may not be necessary.

Smaller magnifiers, such as a hand held magnifying glass, offer more powerful magnifiers. So if one needs more than 2x magnification, then a smaller magnifier will help. Smaller hand held magnifiers with more power, such as a 5x magnifier, may help by making the words appear clearer and crisper, but the trade-off is that less print is visible. It can also be very tedious to hold a magnifier for any length of time for more than just spot reading.

So, depending on what your low vision specialist recommends, always try to use the weakest magnifier that allows you to read without eye strain. Always have a good light source. Good lighting can make it possible to use a weaker magnifier.

Find out more about your options for a reading magnifier here:
Reading Magnifier Options

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

www.WebRN-MacularDegeneration.com

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