Individuals who need magnification assistance for reading purposes and opt to not have expensive prescription reading glasses or magnifiers made for them through an optometrist, can research online speciality websites to find magnifiers of various magnification strengths. Large magnifying glasses come in various shapes, such as round or a sheet-like rectangle, and glass or plastic lenses magnify to different strengths. This aids the consumer in alleviating unnecessary eye strain and further macular degeneration. Ideal for seniors or people with vision problems, magnifying glasses can be found and purchased through online research.
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Choose the type of large magnifying glass you would like to purchase. Page magnifiers come in various magnification strengths --- from 2 times to 4 times original text size --- and they magnify an entire notebook or phone book page at once. Stand magnifiers, with adjustable arms, hold large magnifiers on their ends and magnify a page up to 4 times its original text size, depending on the distance the glass is stationed away from the document. Stand magnifiers leave the individual's hands free to adjust the document and turn pages as well.
Research online for company websites that manufacture or specialise in magnifying glass products, such as bigmagnify.com or seeitbigger.com. These specialised sites often have a wide variety of large magnifying glass products available in varying sizes and some lighted products for better viewing. Write down the names, warranties and specifications of any brands of magnifiers which are the appropriate strength, type and size fitting.
Check online retailers, such as Amazon.com, for any specific brands and models of interest which were found by previously researching through manufacturers. Competitive or discounted pricing, off of the manufacturer's suggested retail price, may be available through the larger online retail website. Call local pharmacies to check if the specific magnifier's brand and model number is carried in-store. This can sometimes net the consumer extra savings on the product or avoid shipping costs for the same brand of magnifying glass.
Ensure that the chosen magnifying glass product is covered by a manufacturer warranty, regardless of where it is purchased, in case of a flawed lens effect. Ask whether the item can be returned or exchanged if it does not provide the correct visual aid. If a search of online websites or over-the-counter pharmacy sources prove unsuccessful, call a local optometrist of your choosing to request information about available prescription products.
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- Search at online general retail websites within either a "Health and Beauty" products section or an "Office" products section for large magnifying glass products.
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