Top tenth magnifier.
This may not obviously be a candidate for our list of magnifiers. However whether you have an apple iphone or an android version any smart phone with a camera can be used as a magnifier.
If you can’t see something clearly use the camera phone to take a picture. Once you have captured it you can then blow the image up on the screen to see it more easily. It is a very flexible magnifier which is probably easily to hand.
For more information on mobile phone use go to the synapptic app page
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The eschenbach 17202 magnifier
This is one of the simplest magnifiers you will come across but don’t right it off it is a remarkably useful piece of kit. It is bulletproof in performance; there is nothing to go wrong. It is inexpensive and is fantastic to carry around in a pocket or purse all day long. Whip it out whenever you need it to read instructions or prices. The one drawback is there is no light within it, but the upside is, it won’t breakdown. I would pop one of these into anybody’s stocking at Christmas if they have MD. For best results See how to use a magnifier A worthy number two in our list of top ten magnifiers.
Top of the pops as far as I am concerned is the Eschenbach 1580-63: Illuminated Stand Magnifier.
This magnifier is my all time favourite magnifier it is the workhorse of my equipment list. No magnifier is perfect but this one works well for many people in the early stage of MD. The size of the lens gives a good field of view, with reasonable magnification. The housing lets you rest it on the page for easy viewing, it also sets it at the right focusing distance, (assuming you are wearing your reading glasses).
The light is clear from the LED bulb, which also gives you long life on the batteries. All round this is a winner of a magnifier.
This is a simple magnifier but beautifully designed. Compact about the size of a credit card the lens slips out from the casing when fully extended the LED light is switched on. It is more expensive than some of the illuminated magnifiers, but it is very portable. You can carry it in your purse or wallet alongside your credit cards, which you can read with it. This means you will probably have it with you near to hand and know where to find it. For help on using a magnifier go to this post Using a magnifier
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Bright field magnifier for reading. Although an expensive magnifier this is an elegant design that works well ergonomically. The design lets you run it easily across a page, it is less cumbersome than some of the illuminated stand magnifiers. Pleasant to use.
Top Magnifier? The Bierley monomouse
This is not what a lot of people would regard as a magnifier. It is not a simple lens but a technological solution to magnification. This is a serious piece of kit when vision has deteriorated to the point where simple magnifiers no longer help.
The monomouse can be attached to either a computer screen via software or to a TV screen. It looks just like a standard computer mouse. You use it like a computer mouse running it over whatever text you want to read, inside the mouse is a tiny camera that transmits the image of the text to the screen. The principle is very simple, which makes it a cost effective solution for an electronic magnification system.