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Hand Held Magnifiers

Hand Held Magnifiers are ideal for spot viewing and are often the first device tried by those with vision impairments.  Their limitations include their small viewing area and the fact that they require one hand to hold them at all times.  Ideally it is best to choose the lowest magnifier strength that will still allow you to read the desired print size.  Also remember that the proper way to use a hand held magnifier is by holding the lens very close to your eye, not at arms reach, and then bring the object closer until it is in focus; This technique will maximize the viewing area and minimize distortions.  A Low Vision Assessment can identify the best magnifier strength as well as determine which other devices would assist in other tasks.  If you don't have a Low Vision Specialist near you, try our At-Home Assessment. 

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