Magnifier tips and tricks

Post date: 
Wednesday, 27 April 2016

We asked Ian Hughes from Associated Optical, who supplies magnifiers, low vision and reading aids to share some top useful advice on getting the right one for you. 

1. You may need both hand and stand magnifiers

For example, you may need a hand magnifier for when you’re out and about, but a stand magnifier for reading at home. You could use the Eschenbach Mobase which will turn your Mobilux hand magnifier into a stand magnifier.

2. The higher the magnification, the smaller the lens and the closer you’ll have to hold to the eye

For example, if you have a seven times magnifier with a 28 diopter lens, this would normally be at a size of 35mm. If this is too small an area to view books or letters or to use comfortably, then an electronic magnifier with a larger screen – like the SmartLux Digital with a five-inch screen may be better.

3. Working distance

If you hold a magnifier too far away from your eye, the image will be upside down. On the Eschenbach Mobilux, the number at the end is the distance in millimetres you should hold the lens from your eye for best viewing. However, the closer you are to the lens, the better it will be.

The main thing to remember is that one magnifier cannot solve all problems.

Do you use a magnifier? Share your thoughts on your RNIB Connect community online area or call or write to us.

Check out magnifiers from Associated Optical and other suppliers online from the RNIB shop or try before you buy at an RNIB Resource Centre. Call the Helpline for more details on 0303 123 9999.