Magnifying glass varieties for reading newsprint

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Magnifying glass varieties for reading newsprint
There are many magnifying glass varieties to help you read. (glasses ans newspaper image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

The joy of reading does not have to become a chore as you get older and it becomes harder to read that small print. You will be surprised at all the magnifying glass varieties for reading newsprint available today. You can chose a magnifier that is best suited to the way you are accustomed to reading the newspaper, whether holding it in your hands or reading it while it is flat on a table.

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Full-Page Magnifiers

A full-page magnifying glass that sits directly over the entire page of the book can be used for reading newspapers too. This type of magnifying glass allows you to read a large area at a time without having to move the device from sentence to sentence, like you do with a smaller magnifying glass. Full-page magnifiers can also be purchased with the accessory of a built-in light, which offers perfect illumination for reading. These reading helpers are available in different sizes and different degrees of magnification to fit individual needs.

Dome Magnifier

Another type of reading magnifier is the dome. Available in all different sizes and different magnifications, dome magnifiers resemble a paperweight and can be used as one on top of your desk. The magnifier lies directly on the newsprint and you slide it along the paper that is flat on a table as you read. Although dome magnifiers can be used for any type of newsprint reading, they work well for the smaller jobs of phone book lookups or reading your mail.

Pocket-sized Magnifiers

Reading magnifiers are also offered in pocket size so you can take it with you wherever you may be going. They come with or without the LED light and some fold up to the size of a credit card. Another type resembles a ruler that you can lay across the page of a newspaper to read three to four magnified lines at a time. These come in all sizes so they can slip into your purse or wallet.

Handheld Magnifiers

A handheld magnifier needs to be held with one hand and focused at the right height over the newsprint. These come in different sizes and different magnifications, and some offer the built-in light. A handheld magnifier ties up one hand as you read and can be problematic when used for any length of time since you constantly must try to keep the view at the correct height.

Hands-Free Magnifier

The electric magnifying light, which is about the size of a desk lamp, has the magnifying viewer on the end of a long jointed arm that is on a swivel. It allows you to place the magnified viewer over the newsprint at the correct height and location for reading. A spring lock keeps it in place. The hand-free magnifier has a light on it, which works well for reading. They are also sold for doing crafts, such as needlepoint and knitting, where you do not have an extra hand free to hold a magnifying glass. It works for both reading the paper on the table or holding the paper in your hands.

Magnifying Eyeglasses

Magnifying eyeglasses are available in most pharmacies and department stores. They come in many different magnifications and may be the easiest of all to use when reading newsprint. They can go anywhere with you and they keep your hands free while reading.

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