Visibility Vol 12 Issue 1, 2018

Stand Magnifier Optical Strategies

Due to their optical characteristics, stand magnifiers are very different tools than other types of near low vision aids. The implications of these characteristics are important in clinical low vision practice. Since their magnification is in part determined by the spectacle add that is used with them, they should not be used as though they provide their labeled magnification. In addition, some stand magnifiers have maximum usable spectacle adds that limit their usefulness with some bifocals. In order to better understand the value of stand magnifiers, I have found it helpful to first understand how stand magnifier enlargement is fundamentally different from other types of magnification.

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