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Best Magnifying Glass Magnifier Buyers Guide

Best Magnifying Glass Magnifier Buyers Guide

As we age our visual acuity decreases and reading and many other task become more difficult and causes eye strain. This condition is called presbyopia and a magnifier will make reading crafts and hobbies more enjoyable. Other  problems that a magnifying glass will be helpful are low visionmacular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. Magnification is also essential in the medical and dental fields as well as for industry.

Which magnifying glass is best?  It depend on your needs. 


What you should consider in buying a Hand Held Magnifying Glass. 

A hand magnifier is compact, portable and usually inexpensive but after a period of time your  hand will tire. Those with a hand tremor will find hand reading magnifier hard to use 


·        Select a magnifier with a power that will allow you to perform your task at a comfortable distance.

·        The higher the power of the magnifier the shorter the focal range(work distance) and the smaller the field of view.

·        The high power magnifier may not be the best magnifier for you.

·    The hand held magnifying glass  should be comfortable to hold.

·        The lens should be distortion free.

·        Lighted or unlighted magnifier.

For best hand held magnifying glass results wear your glasses. 



What you should consider in buying a  Hands Free Magnifying Glass 

Hands free  magnifiers are perfect for the person who has to keep both hands available when reading or for close detail work. Enjoy reading or performing intricate tasks for crafts or model building. There are many types of hands free magnifiers such as head magnifier, desk magnifier and reading magnifying lamps both lighted and non-lighted. Hands free magnifiers are best for long term use as opposed to hand held magnifiers that are used for a short duration 

  • Allows for long duration use.
  • Not portable.
  • Usually more expensive then a hand magnifying glass.
  • Larger viewing area. 
  • Allows use of both hands for reading, crafts and close detail tasks.
  • Cord/Cordless or both..
  • Lighted or unlighted magnifier
     For best hand free magnifying glass results wear your glasses. 


Types Of Hands Free Magnifying Glass

Binocular Headband Magnifiers

Full Page Magnifiers 

Telesight Magnifiers

Desktop Magnifiers

Magnifying Lamps

Clip on Magnifiers

Dome Magnifiers

Neck Magnifier

Do I Need Magnifying Glass With Light ? A lighted magnifier will provide better magnification results as they provide a sharper and clearer image then a non-lighted magnifier. Our lighted magnifiers are either led lighted or fluorescent lighted and provide a soft white light to ease eyestrain. Lighted magnifiers are available as hand held magnifier and hands free magnifier models. 


Information On Full Page Magnifiers For Reading And Crafts. Need help in reading a book, newspaper or small print but an ordinary magnifier only enlarges a small section of the page. A full page magnifier will magnify a whole page for easier reading of a book or newspaper.


What is full page magnifier? A full page reading magnifier consists of a Fresnel lens that enables large area magnification and is available as a hand held full page magnifying glass or a hands free full page magnifier. Another name for a full page magnifying glass is a magnifying sheet magnifier.


How does a full page magnifying glass work? Full page magnifiers have a focal range of up to 4 inches and do not lay flat on the page. Dome magnifiers lay flat on page. For best full page magnifier results wear your reading glasses.


Recommended Magnifiers

The magnifiers listed below are high quality and have distortion free lenses with many applications: Reading, low vision magnifiers for visually impaired, crafts, sewing, cross stitch, knitting, quilting, needlepoint, needlework wood carving, wood working, jewelers magnifying glass and lapidary.


Recommended Hand Held Magnifiers

LED lighted reading magnifiers for a soft white illumination that is distortion free.


       5X   4X   5X    7X   2X


Recommended Hands Free Magnifying Glass


Magnifying Eyeglasses For Reading, Crafts And Medical And Industrial Uses. 

  • Hands free magnifying glasses  that are available in 6 Powers
  • Made in U.S.A. 
  • Light weight and comfortable to wear.
  • Flip up magnifier when not in use.
  • Prismatic coated abrasion resistant lenses.   


 Used by jewelers, dentists, crafters, hobbyists, dermatologists and low vision 



Binocular Headband Magnifiers

Headband magnifiers provide more magnification then ordinary glasses and allow for hands free use. Magnifying headband glasses are used for reading, hobbies and crafts, electronic assembly, inspection, woodworking, woodcarving, jewelry making  and many industrial applications such electronic assembly and inspection. A headset magnifier, magnifying headband, head magnifier, head mounted magnifier magnifying visor and binocular magnifier are the same type of magnifier.



   3 Powers                LIGHTED CRAFT MAGNIFIER-LIGHTED  READING MAGNIFIER HEADBAND.jpg      4 Powers        4 Powers         2 Powers      




         3 Powers      1 Power         craft magnifier-hobby magnifier-lite site1 Powe  craft magnifier-hobby magnifier-lite site kit3 Powers


Clip On Magnifiers
    3 Powers              4 Powers               2 Powers  
 A clip on reading magnifier or clip on craft magnifier adds additional magnification power to your glasses.Turn your regular reading glasses, distance glasses or sunglasses into extra strong flip up magnifiers with our clip-on magnifier vision aids.
Full Page Magnifier For Large Area Viewing   

Non-Lighted Full Page Magnifying Glass

       3x          4x                 4x      4x 6.5"


   3x 7"x10"  2x  8"x11"3x 10"x12"  3.5x 12x14  


Full Page Magnifier With Light           

           3x          3x   3x Floor

The advantage of a full page magnifier is that it is a whole page magnifier and makes reading more enjoyable. This type of full page magnifying glass has a focal range of up to 4 inches and does not lay flat on the page. This type of page size magnifier is often called a magnifying sheet.

Magnifier Lamps            

Many industrial and craft applications such as electronic assembly and inspection. Excellent bench magnifiers.

LED Craft Magnifier Lamps  



       1.75x        175x/2.25x   175X 2.25X 7" Lens


              2.25x      2X        2X



Fluorescent Craft Magnifier Lamps


       3x         1.75X           175X


Magnifier lamps offer the dual benefits of hands free magnification plus a built in shadow free light source (fluorescent magnifier lamp and led magnifier lamp) that when combined help you read print more easily and see small detailed objects.



Magnifier Information 

Magnifier glass power and work distance: Select magnifiers with a power that will allow you to perform your task at a comfortable distance. The higher the power of the magnifier the shorter the focal range(work distance) and the smaller the field of view. The high power magnifier may not be the best magnifier for you. Our large magnifier selection can help those with presbyopia  and macular degeneration.


Field Of View: The size of the area being magnified when viewing through a magnifying lens. The higher the power of the  magnifier the smaller the field of view.


Diopter: Diopter is a measurement that is used to calculate the power of a magnifying lens. The higher diopter will provide higher magnification. Diopter is expressed as "D".


Power: Power is how large an object or print increases as you look through a lens. Magnifying power is expressed as "X".


Focal Length:  Measurement from the center of the lens to to the object and be in focus. 


Focal Range: The distance from the magnifying lens to the object being viewed.


Fresnel Magnifier: A flat magnifier consisting of concentric circles that can be a full page reading magnifier. 


Visual impairment (or vision impairment) is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses or medication. Our low vision magnifiers can be of help. 

 Rules Of Magnification.   

  • The higher the power of the lens, the closer you must get to the object being viewed and the smaller the field of view.
  • As the power of a lens increases the diameter of the lens decreases.
  • Diopter is a term used to determine the power(magnification}of a lens. The terms power(X) Diopter(D) are sometimes confused.
  • High power magnifiers such  3X must be held steady or else they will be out of focus