|Hand held magnifiers can be used for spot reading such as reading instructions, labels, price tags, a bill or a menu. Not intended for long term reading, keep one of these handy in different rooms of the house.|
A hand held magnifying glass is a convenient and inexpensive visual aid for those with macular degeneration.
Just like I keep inexpensive reading glasses in different rooms of the house, have several hand held magnifiers conveniently available in different rooms - like the kitchen, the garage, the bathroom, and the bedroom. Keep a lighted magnifying glass close at hand to help reduce frustration and to make it easier to see and read.
What should you look when selecting a handheld magnifying glass and how do you know which one to choose?
Before you buy a magnifier consider:
What task will you need it for?
What magnification power do you need?
What size lens do you want?
A hand held magnifier is good for spot reading - like checking
the scores on the sports page, reading an electric bill, or following
the instructions of a recipe. These magnifiers come in different shapes - round or rectangular and lighted or not lighted.
Recently, while visiting my father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration I was pleased to see that he had several handheld magnifiers placed in different rooms of the house. Without having to search for a magnifier he can quickly grab one to read a label, check a bill, or identify a prescription bottle.
Although his several pocket magnifiers come in different sizes and shapes they all had one thing in common - illumination. As ones macular degeneration progresses the need for more light becomes more pronounced. The more light there is, the less need for a higher power magnifier.
And his favorite light for a magnifier is an LED light. Amazon carries an assortment of pocket magnifiers. But my father-in-law likes the one that folds up easy and uses AAA batteries. Some lighted magnifiers use the tiny button batteries that he finds too hard to remove and replace. You can find the same LED magnifier here at Amazon:UltraOptix Sv-3LPLED 3" Round LED Lighted Magnifying Glass
This hand held magnifying glass comes with with two interchangeable optical grade lenses - the larger is 5x magnification and the smaller lens 10x magnification.
Two LED lights provide illumination to help you see in any lighting conditions. The easy on/off switch is on the handle.MagniPros Magnifying Glass with LED Lights and 10X + 5X Illuminated 2 Lens Set
It is one of the largest round magnifiers for a wide viewing area. The crystal clear optical grade lens goes all the way to the edge so there is no blurriness.
It provides 2x magnification and 6x bifocal.
The light switch is easy to access on the handle. It uses a single AAA battery for easy battery replacement. An LED magnifier provides some of the best light for magnifiers. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are small, solid light bulbs which are extremely energy-efficient. They provide a very bright light for increased visibility and are known for their longevity and reliability.Mighty Bright Lighted 5" Round Magnifier
The handle easily folds up so that it is compact and easy to carry with you. What my father-in-law liked best about this lighted magnifier is that it uses a AAA battery. The battery is in the handle of the magnifier. Not only are these batteries easy to find, the battery is easy for him to replace.
Always get the lowest power magnifier that allows you to read comfortably. One that is lighted often makes it possible to use a lower power. Here is 3X power folding magnifier that uses AAA batteries from Amazon:UltraOptix LED Lighted Folding Magnifier
If you want a 4" to 5" glass the magnification power will probably be only 2x. While a 2 1/2 to 3" glass you can get magnification powers of 4X to 6X. There are high quality acrylic lenses and glass lenses. The cheap acrylic lenses often have some distortion and are not real clear, so you will need to pay more for a high quality aspheric lens.
Here is a handheld magnifier from Amazon that has some great reviews, with a high quality, distortion free lens and offers 3x magnification:Donegan A-2024 Aspheric Rectangular Hand Held Magnifier, 3X Magnification, 2" x 4" Lens
For a wide selection of magnifiers visit Amazon here: