Optometrists Focusing on Magnifiers and Low Vision Devices
Helping Canadians with Vision Impairments Gain Independence
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.
Eye Canada 2008 Helping You See Better