Often people with low vision need extra assistance beyond what standard glasses or contact lenses offer. Eyeglasses can fix certain problems, like near-sightedness and far-sightedness; however, they don’t work for permanent blind spots in the visual field, which can occur from age-related macular degeneration. This is where magnifiers come into play.
How do Magnifiers Help?
When vision loss is experienced in the macula (central part of the retina), natural magnification becomes difficult. A magnifier helps to reduce problems caused by damage to the macula by using more of the healthy surrounding retina to produce visual images.
What Different Types of Magnifiers are there?
If you’re someone who likes to sew, then you don’t want to get a handheld magnifier. On the other hand, you may benefit from one if reading.
A handheld magnifier is portable and easy to use when it comes to simple tasks – checking product labels, for example.
Visit our Magnifier Shopping Guide to find out more about the different types of Magnifiers.
Of course, some people have worse damage than others, and may need a higher magnification power. It wouldn’t be wise to purchase the first magnifier you lay your eyes on.
Feel free to check out our Magnifier Wizard, helping you choose the magnifier you need.
We’ve got a glossary of magnifier-related concepts on our main website. On this page you can learn about diopter, field of view, magnification, and also learn how to properly use a magnifier.