Reading Magnifier

If you get the right reading magnifier, you can continue to enjoy reading your favorite novel, newspaper or magazine. 

Better Lighting - Less Magnification

If you are having trouble reading, you could start with just trying better lighting - a higher watt bulb or try reading near a window where there is lots of daylight coming in. 

Often less magnification is needed if better light is provided.

Click here to read more about lighting options: Low Vision Lighting 

If improved lighting does not offer enough help then consider a reading magnifier to help you read. They come in many different styles.

Think about where you like to read. 

Do you like reading at a desk? Then get a desk magnifier. 

Do you like to read in your favorite chair? Then get a floor lamp magnifier or a full page magnifier.

Magnifying Floor Lamp



magnifying floor lamp

By providing light and magnification you will find reading to be easier and more enjoyable. 

While these reading magnifiers have a larger viewing area, they also are limited in their magnification power.  

Find out which one works the best for my father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration: 

Magnifying Floor Lamp

Page Magnifiers

Rather than giving up reading your favorite magazine or newspaper, find ways to adapt. Using different magnifiers for different tasks will keep you reading and doing the things you enjoy. 

These magnifiers come in different styles - such as the one pictured that is hands free. Another style is a rigid page size magnifier with lights.

Some of the features to look for in a page magnifier are:

Magnification Power - usually around 2x 

Large enough to magnify a large section of the page

Because of the larger lens these reading magnifiers are not available in higher powers.

To learn more about this book magnifier click here: 

Page Magnifiers

Stand Reading Magnifier

reading magnifier

A stand magnifier makes it possible to read hands free.  No need to constantly adjust how high or low to hold a magnifier to get focus. 

Combine it with a large print book for even less eye strain.

This one provides 3x magnification. 

3x Magnification Hands Free Reading Magnifier

Magnifying Reading Glasses with Prisms

There are a variety of magnifying reading glasses available from low vision eye specialists.

Randy Kinkade, OD,MPH,FAAO is an low vision specialist who has been in the field of low vision services for over 30 years. 

Find out what he has to say about a special lens that uses prisms to reduce the size of one's blind spot: 

Magnifying Reading Glasses with Prisms

Kindle Readers

The new Kindle readers are electronic reading devices that feature enlarged fonts and crisp, clear text and an easy to navigate display.

best e book reader for macular degeneration

You can increase the text size of your favorite book or newspaper by simply pushing a button.

If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size or the screen brightness. Now every book or newspaper can be large print.

Find out about the different options here:

Kindle Reader

Magnify Onto a TV Screen

tv magnifier

For those who need some extra magnification - there is an easy to use low vision technology that projects one's reading material onto the TV screen.

The larger the TV the bigger the magnification. My father-in-law is checking out the baseball scores of his favorite team, the Brewers.

Find out about this reading magnifier and what people with macular degeneration are saying about it:

 TV Magnifiers

Low Vision CCTV

CCTV (closed circuit TV) is for people with moderate to severe vision loss. If you have 20/400 vision, a CCTV is the best option for reading. 

This device uses a camera and a monitor to magnify a page, a pill bottle, a picture. 

low vision cctv

The way it works is that you place a book or object beneath the camera and that page or object is then viewed on the monitor at a magnification that you can control. 

This macular degeneration magnifier is useful for looking at pictures, catalogs, pill bottles, bills, or any other reading material. 

Desktop magnififiers offer adjustable magnification up to 70X, a larger viewing screen, and adjustable contrasting colors.

Many reading magnifiers that offer a large viewing field, such as a full page magnifier can usually only provide up to 2x magnification. Smaller magnifiers can offer higher magnification but a much smaller viewing field. So if you are needing higher magnification and want a large screen to view your reading material than consider a low vision CCTV. 

They are easy to use and offer many features that a standard magnifier does not. To learn more about this low vision technology click here: Low Vision CCTV

Dome Magnifier

A dome magnifier is an inexpensive reading magnifier.  It ...

reading magnifier
√ easily slides across your favorite newspaper,

magazine or book.

√ allows ambient light to flow from all surfaces to illuminate your reading material

√ is pre-focused so there is no need to hold it

This type of magnifier is an ideal reading aid for those with macular degeneration. My father-in-law likes to use this reading magnifier to read the daily newspaper at the kitchen table. 

To learn more about dome magnifiers click here: Dome Magnifier

Desktop Magnifier

A desktop magnifier is great to have at the desk where you go through your mail, do your bills or balance your checkbook. Look for a lighted one that has an adjustable and flexible arm that lets you adjust the location of the magnifier to make for easy reading.

This type of lamp provides magnification and light to enhance your reading or to help you with your hobbies. It also allows you to be hands free so that you are not holding a magnifier for an extended period of time.

My father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration, was using a lighted hand held magnifying glass for his reading. He got tired of holding the magnifier and replacing the batteries in his hand held LED magnifier.

I suggested he get a hands free magnifier for most of his reading and use the lighted hand held magnifier for spot magnifying - like quickly reading a label or a prescription bottle.

Now he can read at his desk with his hands free without having to constantly adjust the distance of the magnifier for clear reading. If you want to do some of your reading, writing, etc at your desk, then invest in a good magnifying desk lamp like this one pictured above from Amazon. 

Bright LED lights and magnification of 2X with 5X spot magnification are featured in this lamp. Check out some of the reviews at Amazon here:

Carson LM-20 2X LED Illuminated Magnifier & Desk Lamp

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