There are a variety of magnifiers available for people with macular degeneration, including hand held, free-standing, telescopic and electronic viewing aids. Often, people with low vision use a combination of magnifiers chosen to suit their needs.
Magnification strength for most of these devices typically ranges from two to 20 times size. Handheld magnifiers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and strengths. They are portable but may not be best for long-term use.
Stand magnifiers are mounted in a fixed position and work well for concentrated reading or viewing, as they can be set for optimal distance and focus. Mini telescopes are best used for long-distance viewing. Portable electronic LCD magnifiers offer a large view screen with adjustable strength, contrast and brightness. These are often used for daily needs, such as reading product labels or grocery shopping.