Magnifying Glasses

Magnifying glasses may help if you're like most adults after age 45, you may have noticed a slight change in your vision. It may not be enough to require prescription eyeglasses or reading glasses, but enough to make reading small print or engaging in tasks such as reading the TV Guide, a magazine article, or cooking instructions difficult.

In such cases, magnification may help. A glass is also called a hand lens. Glasses are made of convex lenses that magnify images. A hand-held glass is easy to hold and is typically made of plastic, though older models or antiques were often made of various metals.

Magnification offered by glasses differs. The size of the object or magnification depends where the glass is situated between the eye of the user and the object of interest. Some people need to hold a glass closer to the eye for clarity, while others need to hold it closer to the object for greater clarity. Glasses have what is called a focal length, most often up to 25 cm. Such a glass will be listed as a 2x magnifying glass.

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Types of Magnifying Glasses

Glasses are typically round or rectangular, connected to a handle either stemming from the middle of the lens or off to one side. Another type of glass is known as a full-page magnifier. A full-page magnifier is a larger type of magnifying glass mounted on a stand. 

The viewing screen for such magnifiers offers a very large lens that provides up to 2.5x magnification and can illuminate full pages found in traditional magazines, cookbooks, and coffee table books without excessive glare. Full-page magnifiers offer adjustable settings for low, high, or all-around specific areas of the page. Many are also back lit with LED lights.

Magnifying lamps are also a hand-free and beneficial for those who enjoy crafting such as knitting, stamp collecting, and scrap booking, crocheting, or other endeavors where you need two hands to engage in the task.

Another type of glass can be worn on a head strap. The head strap wraps around the forehead and the back of the head and can be adjusted with Velcro fasteners.  Magnifying lenses that look much like a pair of eyeglasses are mounted to the head strap and can be lifted or lowered as needed for crafts such as quilting, mending, or other activities. 

Regardless of the type of product magnifier that you choose, you'll find it much easier to enjoy the things you always have, whether it's reading, crafting, cooking, or stamp collecting.

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Whether the glasses you choose our handheld, hands-free, or worn as head visors, or attached to your glasses, help you maintain your current activities due to decreased vision caused by normal aging processes.

When to Use Magnifying Glasses

If you find that printed matter looks blurry when you're reading, or you find yourself extending printed materials farther from your eyes, magnification may be just what you need. However, when you first notice problems with your vision, you should go get your eyes checked by your ophthalmologist. This is especially true if you've been diagnosed with diabetes or other metabolic conditions.

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The most common vision problems that affect the vision of older individuals are presbyopia, myopia, and astigmatism. Many people don't experience eye problems to the degree where wearing glasses or contacts are either necessary or more beneficial than occasionally using glasses. In such cases, a variety of formats that will meet your current needs

Choosing Magnifying Glasses

When it comes time to consider magnification, page magnifiers, hand-held or hands-free glass magnifiers, choose the style that best meets your needs. If you use glasses only occasionally, a pocket wallet, a lighted magnifier, or handheld glass may be perfectly adequate.

Those engaged in a longer periods of use such for reading or crafting may find the hands free or head-visor glasses more beneficial. Don't lose out on the things you enjoy most because of decreased vision. Check into magnification glasses as your eyesight worsens to help you maintain your pleasure from activities that you've always enjoyed.

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