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What's the Best Macular Degeneration Magnifier?

Updated on March 17, 2011
Magnifiers are possibly the most important vision aid for those with macular degeneration. However, there is no "one" magnifier for all of your needs. Find out how different magnifiers will help you to continue doing the tasks you enjoy.
Magnifiers are possibly the most important vision aid for those with macular degeneration. However, there is no "one" magnifier for all of your needs. Find out how different magnifiers will help you to continue doing the tasks you enjoy. | Source

What's the Best Macular Degeneration Magnifier?

The best macular degeneration magnifier is the one that helps you perform the desired task with little eye strain. You may think that this is a "trick" answer - but indeed it is very true. There is no "one" perfect magnifier that will meet all of your visual needs. The exciting news is that there is a magnifier that can meet whatever need you have - from simple lighted pocket magnifiers to magnifying mirrors to TV magnifiers.

Magnifying Lamps

Those with macular degeneration have a need for better and brighter lighting. Using a lamp magnifier provides the best option - light and magnification. Find a lamp, whether it is a floor lamp or a desk lamp, that has an adjustable arm so that the lamp can be adjusted to the best position for viewing.  Magnifying lamps can be used for reading books, magazines, newspapers or for going through your mail or bills.

Pocket Magnifier

A pocket magnifier is used for spot reading - such as checking a price tag or reading a label or a menu. These inexpensive visual aids can be taken with you wherever you go.  Keep one in your pocket or in your purse for shopping or for reading a menu.  Find one that also has LED lights. A LED magnifier provides excellent lighting which enhances the magnifying power.

Lighted Magnifying Mirrors

You may be seeing a theme here - light and magnification. Lighted magnifying mirrors can be used to help put on make-up, brush or floss your teeth, do your hair, or to shave.  Daily grooming tasks can become a challenge, but they become much easier with a lighted, magnifying mirror.

Electronic Magnifiers

Electronic magnifiers are capable of providing much high magnification than a hand held magnifying glass.  For those with advanced macular degeneration this is often considered the most helpful vision aid.   By positioning your book, telephone bill, magazine or photograph under a camera, the item or reading material is displayed on a large screen or monitor.  With a large viewing area, reading is much more enjoyable and small hard to see print can be magnified up to 75X.

Monitor Screen Magnifer

A computer screen magnifier can be easily attached to an existing flat screen.  They can be purchased based on the size of your monitor. The benefits of this magnifier is that it also reduces glare and is easy to install. Most of them only magnify up to 2X.   Find out about the return policy from the place where it is purchased and then give it a try.

There are many other types of magnifiers that help with everyday tasks as well.  To learn more  go to:


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