Even if you’re someone who has never worn glasses, there is a good chance that at some point in your life, your eyesight will begin to fail. It happens to just about all of us and aside from eating a lot of fish and taking daily omega-3 vitamins, there isn’t much that we can do to prevent our eyesight from deteriorating. Even if you do wear glasses, it can still be difficult to read every day items like pill bottles and newspapers.
Macular degeneration or age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) occurs when vision begins blurring at the center of the eye. This often gets worse over time, with elderly people as the most common group afflicted by the condition. Eating well, exercising, and not smoking are some of the best ways to ward off AMD, but genetic factors play a large role in the health of our eyes. Then, there’s just the simple fact of aging. As we get older, our body begins to slowly break down in that includes our eyes.
Just because our vision is getting worse doesn’t mean that we should give up doing the things we love, like reading, participating in hobbies like stamp collection and crafting, and more. Even in younger people, eyesight strain from constantly staring at screens can begin to affect our vision, making it progressively more difficult to make out small text and medium sized text.
If you’ve already made the font as big as possible on all your gadgets still can’t read the name of the person who just called you, you’re not alone. Have you ordered a special that a waiter told you about at a restaurant simply because you couldn’t read the menu? Same here. Are you missing out on your favorite Sunday activity of reading the paper because you can no longer make out the small font? That stops today.
Light up magnifying glasses are available to help people of all ages and with varying eye conditions make sure they never miss another word in the fine print. Here are four great options.
1. Brightech LightView Pro Flex Magnifying Lamp
The problem with a lot of LED magnifying glasses is that you still have to hold them up. This can be tedious if you’re reading a book and prohibitive if you’re doing a manual activity like knitting. This option has a stand and a flexible neck that allows you to move it around to your desired viewing angle. And if you’re not sitting at a solid surface, you can swap out the stand for the included clip and attach it over your head if you’re reading in bed, for example.
Pros: Convenient option that can be propped up on a table or clipped onto a shelf, allowing you to use both hands.
Cons: Somewhat expensive.
2. MagniPros Magnifying Glass
Designed with optical grade acrylic, which is more shatterproof and scratch resistant than traditional glass, and a bifocal coverage that magnifies 300 per cent and 500 per cent, the MagniPros Magnifying Glass makes reading enjoyable, with a lightweight design (the magnifier weighs only 6.5 oz) and an ergonomic handle. The magnifiers’ built-in SMD LEDs are powered by three AAA batteries (not included) and provide more than 100,000 hours of light, which means your book will run out before your magnifier. We love the rectangle shape of the lens (4.35″x 2.7″), which makes it ideal for reading books, magazines and newspapers.
Pros: Square shape for a greater viewing angle.
Cons: Handle may be a little awkward to hold.
3. iMagniphy LED Illuminated Magnifying Glass Set
Two interchangeable lenses make reading small print easier than ever with the iMagniphy LED Illuminated Magnifying Glass Set. With a built-in LED light in the handle and a carrying case and cloth to keep your lenses clean and smudge-free, the iMagniphy LED Illuminated Magnifying Glass Set is one of the best options to get. Two lens options are included, and a set with three sizes of lenses is also available.
Pros: Carrying case and cloth included. Two lens options included.
Cons: Some options are less expensive.
4. SE Illuminated Dual Lens Flip-In Head Magnifier
A magnifying visor is typically used by professionals like dentists, so it may seem like overkill for reading a book or doing a hobby. That said, wearing one will free up your hands, and you can easily adjust the viewing angle to one that suits your needs. Since it’s attached to your head, unlike clamps, you won’t need to worry about finding a surface to mount it. This option has a 1.9x fixed lens and a flip-down 4.5x mini magnifyer. Above the lenses are two LEDs. The headband has a dial at the back that allows you to adjust it to a comfortable angle.
Pros: Convenient headband from a trusted brand. Good option for hobbyists.
Cons: Materials are somewhat flimsy.
5. MagniPros 3 Ultra Bright LED Lights
Affordable, lightweight and with three ultra bright LED lights built-in, the MagniPros 3 Ultra Bright LED Light Magnifier is a more economic alternative to some other options. This option is better suited to those looking for a product to use when examining jewelry, coins, or stamps. The magnifier takes three AAA batteries (not included) and is lightweight and sturdy, with three different focal lengths on the optical grade magnifying glass offering a variety of magnification options.
Pros: Three different focal options. Lightweight and affordable.
Cons: Somewhat small viewing area.
6. SeeZoom Lighted Magnifying Glass
For a nice lightweight option that you can comfortably use for extended periods, consider this option from SeeZoom. It has three lights near the handle for illuminating your viewing area, whether that’s a book or your craft project. In addition to the large 3x zoom glass, there’s a small 45x zoom viewing window near the handle. The light requires 3 AAA batteries, and the lights are turned on and off using the small button on the handle.
Pros: Has two viewing glasses, including a smaller 45x zoom window at the handle. Compact and light.
Cons: Since the lights are near the handle, you have to be careful not to obstruct them with your hand.
7. Fancii Daylight LED 3X Magnifying Lamp
Go hands-free with the Fancii Daylight LED 3X Magnifying Lamp, which easily attaches to just about any table or desk. The energy-efficient 6-daylight LED bulbs can be recharged with a USB to produce six continuous hours of battery life, with the lens made from powerful 8-diopter optical glass and boasting three times magnification and distortion-free view. The 15″ metal gooseneck lamp can be adjusted in any position, making this a great option for anyone who wants to be hands-free when reading, working on hobbies, crafting, and more.
Pros: Long, adjustable neck for finding an optimal viewing angle.
Cons: Not suitable for every desk.
8. Magnifying Glass with Light
This convenient option is great for hobbyists and those with reduced eyesight. It has a large light button that is enough for anyone to easily flip on and off. The zoom makes it easy to read very fine print or look at small details. The bottom of the light has a ring of 12 LEDs, amply illuminating your viewing area.
Pros: Compact option with an easy to turn on slider button. Good zoom with minimal distortion.
Cons: Somewhat heavy.