Reading Magnifier

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

open book with books in background

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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. 

Being able to direct your light onto your reading material with an adjustable or gooseneck arm can make all the difference in visibility.

Often less magnification is needed if better light is provided.

If improved lighting does not offer enough help then consider a lighted 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. 

magnifying desk lamp

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

Magnifying Desk Lamp

A magnifying desk lamp 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.

reading magnifier

A magnifying desk lamp with an adjustable or gooseneck arm allows you to easily position the magnifier and light right where it's needed for illumination and clarity. 

The magnification power, number of LED lights, power source and size of the magnifier are all features to consider to best utilize this reading magnifier. 

My father-in-law who had 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.

magnifying desk lamp

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 200 LED Lighted 2X Magnifier & Desk Lamp

Magnifying Floor Lamp

A magnifying floor lamp with an adjustable arm can make reading enjoyable when you can place it next to your favorite reading chair and enjoy a good read without eye strain.

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.  

Some magnifying floor lamps offer a built in dimmer switch so you can adjust the brightness.  LED lights don't get hot and last for years.

Check out options such as viewing area, quality glass lens that is distortion free, flexible arms or necks that hold, and magnification power. 

Magnifying Floor Lamps

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. 

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 or video magnifier for visually impaired.

They are easy to use and offer many features that a standard magnifier does not. 

Low Vision CCTV

Full Page Reading Magnifier

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.  Some are lighted and some are not. 

book magnifier

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

Magnification Power - usually around 2x or 3X

Large enough to magnify a large section of the page

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

Rechargeable 3X Large Ultra Bright LED Page Magnifier with 12 Anti-Glare Dimmable LEDs

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 E Readers

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

reading devices for visually impaired

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 E Readers

Dome Magnifier

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

reading devices for visually impaired

√ easily slides across your favorite newspaper,

magazine or book.

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

reading magnifier

√ 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 enjoyed using this reading magnifier to read the daily newspaper at the kitchen table. 

Dome Magnifiers

Consider what your reading and vision needs are before purchasing a reading magnifier so you can enjoy your favorite books with less eye strain. 

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