Magnifiers in this section are designed for use on or over subject material on a page or sheet of paper and will rest directly on the page, or be raised on short supports. Some magnifiers have an integral light.
As these magnifiers have stands they may be particularly suitable if you have reduced grip or shaky hands which make holding a handheld magnifier difficult.
Before purchasing a magnifier consider the magnification and size of the lens, generally a larger magnifier will have lower magnification and a high powered magnifier will have a small lens. Higher magnification magnifiers tend to show you less of what you are looking at, perhaps only a word or few letters at a time.1,2 If possible try the magnifier before purchase.
For help choosing the right magnification device consult a low vision service. Contact your local social services department or the RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999 . For more information visit the RNIB's magnifier page or the Partially sighted society www.partsight.org.ukView references and sources of further information ›
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