|There is a different macular degeneration magnifier for different tasks from handheld to hands free, from small credit card magnifiers to large full page magnifiers or from close up to distance magnifiers.|
There are different magnifiers for different tasks.
The type of magnifier you purchase depends on what activity you want to use it for - whether it is for reading a recipe or a book, doing detailed work like sewing or for distance viewing like watching a ball game.
1.) How long will you be using it
2. Where will you be using it
3.) The power magnification that is needed.
Along with choosing the right magnifier you also need to know how to use it correctly with the correct lighting. This means that you may need 2-4 macular degeneration magnifiers for doing different tasks.
It is important to use the correct magnifier for your vision. Bigger is not always better. In order to select the best type of magnifier to meet your individual magnification one needs to consider:
√ The Lens Size
The lens size needs to be large enough to see as much as possible and/or small enough to be carry in your pocket or purse.
√ The Magnification
Magnification is the ratio between the apparent size and the true size of the viewed object behind the lens. If an object behind the lens appears ten times larger than its true size, and the object is in focus, the magnification is 10X.
√ Focal length
Focal Length has do to with how far the magnifier needs to be from your eyes and from the object.
The stronger the magnification, the shorter the distance between the magnifier and the object.
Magnifiers come in different powers or strengths. There are a couple of principles to know about magnifiers. They are:
1. The stronger the magnifier the smaller the viewing area.
2. The stronger the magnifier the closer the lens must be to the viewing area.
Use the weakest magnifying power that does not cause eye strain.
Often a stand magnifier (a magnifier on legs) is the magnifier of choice because it is preset with the correct distance to maintain the best focus.
However, if you are able to read a book with a 2x hand-held magnifier, the magnifier can be several inches away from the book and your eyes can be several inches away from the 2x hand-held magnifier.
There are two types of lenses:
√ Glass lenses
Glass lenses allow more light to be transmitted through the lens and usually have very clear optical qualities. It is hard, but not impossible, to scratch a glass lens.
√ Acrylic lenses
Acrylic lenses are very lightweight compared to glass lenses. They normally don't break or shatter and are scratch resistant. Many of today's magnifiers are acrylic and have exceptional optical qualities.
A magnifying glass with light provides light and magnification. As your macular degeneration progresses you will need more light and more magnification.
You don't have to get under a lamp or over to a sunny window to read with lighted magnifiers. Use it for checking your mail, reading a menu, or searching for a new recipe.
Keep in mind that when the power of the magnifier increases, the size of the lens decreases.
To read more about your options for illuminated magnifiers click here: Lighted Magnifiers
The size of this magnifier limits the magnifying power. The most it can magnify is 2X - 3X. However, with the right lighting, this can be enough magnification for many people. A full page magnifier offers the benefit of seeing more than just a few words on a page.
There are two kinds of full page magnifiers:1. Handheld
This magnifier has to be held at just the right distance for clarity so it is best for short-term reading - like checking a recipe in your favorite recipe book or a magazine article.
2. Hands Free
Stand or neck magnifiers leave your hands free and there is no need to constantly adjust for the right distance so the words aren't blurry.
Find out more about these reading magnifiers here:
A handheld electronic magnifier offers many features that are not available with a hand held magnifying glass.
Features such as:
1. Larger Field of View
2. Ability to Adjust the Magnification Power from 2x - 10x
3. Adjust the Contrast by choosing the contrasting colors that are best for you - such as black print on white background, white print on a black background or yellow print on a black or blue background
4. Crisp, clear LCD Screen
5. Adjust the brightness
If you'd like to find out how you can get a free in-home demonstration with a 30 day free trial period click here:
A magnifying desk lamp is a great visual aid to help with reading, hobbies, writing bills or sending off a letter.
The magnification power for these lamps range from 2X to 3.5X.
The lenses can be made of high quality plastic or glass for distortion
free viewing. Get one with an adjustable or gooseneck so it can be positioned in a way to provide you with the best visibility.
Magnifying Desk Lamp
A TV magnifier can be used in lots of different ways. My father-in-law uses it to display his bills onto the TV screen, read the sports page in his local newspaper, and to look at greeting cards that come in the mail. This inexpensive and easy to install device magnifies to the size of the television screen - so the larger the screen, the bigger the magnification.
Pocket Magnifiers are small, compact, and lightweight macular degeneration magnifiers that you can take with you anywhere.
Both illuminated and non-illuminated magnifiers are available.
The range of magnification goes from 2x to 20x power magnifications.
Click here to read about Pocket Magnifiers:
For short periods of reading a hand held magnifying glass will suffice. Use one to read a newspaper article, a letter, instructions, or to go through your mail.
These handy magnifiers come in many different sizes, shapes and powers.
Lighted hand held magnifiers offer light and magnification. Bright LED lights don't burn out and if there isn't a swing arm lamp nearby it doesn't matter.
The benefit of a hand-held magnifiers is that they are portable. They come in a variety of prices and magnification power from 2X to 100X.
Click here for more information: Hand Held Magnifiers
It can be very tiresome and annoying to hold a magnifier while performing a hobby or reading - so that's why hand free magnifiers were invented.Whether you want to wear one around your neck, clamp one on the workbench in the garage or have one at your desk for bill writing, this magnifier may make it possible to continue your favorite hobbies.
Get one that has lights - some are corded while others use a battery. You can find out more here: