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How to Find Out Your Magnification

Nov 8

If you are looking to buy a gift this Christmas for a loved one or friend or even for yourself, you may be wondering how you can find out the magnification needed. Luckily, we have a handy chart which enables you to easily see not only what magnification is needed, but also what magnifiers we recommend.

Here's How to Find Out Somebody's Magnification

Step 1: Head over to our magnification finder tool here

Step 2: Find the text you can read comfortably

Each line of text is an example of newsprint magnified at the given magnification. Read the lines of text at a distance of 10" (inches) or 25cm from your eyes whilst wearing any reading spectacles you may have. The line of text you can comfortably read is a guide to the magnification you need for a magnifier.

Step 3: Click the magnification link to view our products

If you would prefer to print this chart and choose your magnification from a paper version, you can print a copy here.View Suitable Products - click your magnification level below to see a selection of products that match that need.

Any questions about text size or products? Call our friendly team on 0800 112 3691 or +44 1256 783329.

Here are some of the top products we recommend for each magnification:

14-15x magnification

Visolux Digital XL FHD Video Magnifier

Visolux Digital XL FHD Video Magnifier

  • Almost 30 cm screen diagonal but weighing only one kilo
  • The perfect size for stationary, hand-guided applications and still portable
  • Writing under the device is possible
  • Operation via direct keys or the touchscreen
  • Dynamic Line Scrolling enables vertical movement of the reading area

Buy it here.

12x magnification

Eschenbach Mobilux LED Illuminated 12.5x Pocket MagnifierEschenbach Mobilux LED Illuminated 12.5x Pocket Magnifier

The 12.5x Mobilux LED IlluminatedHand Magnifier provides a a high magnification Portable Magnifier. The Battery Operated Magnifying Glass is powered by 2 standard AA size batteries. The Lighted Magnifier has an LED light bulb which has an unlimited life so no bulb changes are required together with a 10x longer battery life. Buy it here.


10x magnification

Mobilent 10x LED Illuminated Folding Pocket Magnifier

Mobilent 10x LED Illuminated Folding Pocket Magnifier

The Mobilent LED is a folding pocket magnifier that offers high magnification in a compact size with added illumination. Its built-in case is designed to provide complete protection for the lens when not in use. The LED light can be turned on when needed by pressing the button on the bottom of the magnifier case, thereby providing extra light for reading indoors or in dimly lit environments. Buy it here

x9 magnification

smartlux Digital Hand-held Video Magnifiersmartlux Digital Hand-held Video Magnifier

The smartlux Digital is an easy to use video magnifier and is particularly helpful for those who are unfamiliar with technology products but require a little more than a standard optical magnifier. The electronic magnifying device can be turned on with just one button. The video magnifier can then be placed over an object and the enlargement can be adjusted to suit your preference with the easy zoom button. This video magnifier stays flat on the table, and the magnified image appears in the display window. With only one button, you can adjust the screen from full colour, for viewing pictures, to any of four high contrast text modes if you find this easier for reading text. Buy it here.

x7 magnification

Eschenbach powerlux 7x LED Illuminated stand magnifier - 3000K

Eschenbach powerlux 7x LED Illuminated stand magnifier - 3000K

The 7x illuminated Stand Magnifier is available in two different colour temperatures. For the cooler light 8000K model order 158628. The magnifier provides consistently bright and glare free illumination. The light automatically switches off after 30 minutes to prevent unnecessary power consumption. Buy it here.


x6 magnification

Carson Multi-Power LED Hand Held MagnifierCarson Multi-Power LED Hand Held Magnifier

The pocket sized hand held illuminated magnifier fits easily into a handbag or pocket. The LED Magnifying Glass provides a brilliant image and bright illumination which is switched on with an easy to use one touch button. The Multi-Power lens design offers 2.5x, 5x and 6x magnification ideal for when a little extra strength is needed. It has an ultra-flat and lightweight design making it easily portable to help read price tags and menus. Buy it here.


x5 magnification

Coil ATMax Illuminated 5x Hand MagnifierCoil ATMax Illuminated 5x Hand Magnifier

This high quality 5x illuminated hand-held magnifier comes with the latest LED technology providing improved illumination and higher brightness for a longer lasting life. The lighted magnifier offers a significantly larger viewing area with a uniform spread of light across the entire lens, low distortion levels and improved acuity. It is activated simply by picking up and holding in either hand and will automatically switch off when put down – no switch to use. It can be helpful as a reading aid and shopping magnifier when out and about as well as for use in the home. The ATMax Magnifying Glass sits comfortably in the shape of the hand and can facilitate longer periods of use with its relaxed holding position. Its ease of use makes it ideal for people who have poor dexterity. The Illuminated magnifier has a simple press battery release system to provide easy access to change the AA batteries and is supplied with a soft cloth pouch to protect it whilst not in use. Buy it here.

x4 magnification

Schweizer Okolux Mobil Plus 4x Yellow light (2700K) Illuminated Hand Magnifier

Schweizer Okolux Mobil Plus 4x Yellow light (2700K) Illuminated Hand Magnifier

The softer, warmer yellow light colour shown above of this 4x 60mm Lighted Hand Magnifier will be preferable for some people, particularly those who prefer the Tungsten Magnifiers colour.

The Illuminated Vision Aids warmer light can help to improve reading fluency where this colour choice is preferred. The Illuminated Pocket Magnifier uses 3 x AAA batteries and has a convenient integrated loop to hold a carrying strap. The Hand held Magnifier is provided with a microfibre pouch to protect it and this can also be used to clean the lens. Buy it here.

x3 magnification

Ideal 3x LED Pocket Magnifier

Ideal 3x LED Pocket Magnifier

Pocket sized hand held illuminated magnifier fits easily into a handbag or pocket. The LED Magnifying Glass provides a brilliant image and bright illumination which is switched on and off by sliding out the lens. It has a lightweight design making it easily portable to help read price tags and menus. Buy it here.





x2.5 magnification

Optima 2.5x Hand and Stand Magnifier

Optima 2.5x Hand and Stand Magnifier

The versatile 3x lightweight magnifier has a swing out handle for use as a hand magnifier and fold out metal legs for use as a stand magnifier. The metal feet of this versatile Magnifier can be extended flexibly so can be used for straight viewing or tilted when required. Buy it here.

x2.25 magnification


Eschenbach Makro Plus 2.2x Aspheric Bright-field Dome MagnifierEschenbach Makro Plus 2.2x Aspheric Bright-field Dome Magnifier

The lightweight Makro Plus Aspheric Bright-field Magnifier is placed directly onto the reading material so gives a steady image and will enable a whole newspaper column to be read. The design of this Dome shaped Magnifier ensures that the surface brightness of the image is doubled. The Paperweight Magnifying Glasses aspheric surface maximises the field of view and its convenient, tilted design enables a comfortable reading position to be maintained. When used with reading glasses the Page Magnifier can double the magnification for the same reading distance. Supplied with a microfibre bag that can also be used as a cleaning cloth. Buy it here.

x2 magnification

Schweizer 2x Bar MagnifierSchweizer 2x Bar Magnifier

The Bar Magnifier or Magnifying ruler is made of pure optical plastic and is ideal for following lines of text when reading and can be used for long periods of time. The vision aid includes a handle for ease of use. Buy it here.



x1.5 magnification

Schweizer Okolux Mobil Plus 1.5x Blue light (6000K) Illuminated MagnifierSchweizer Okolux Mobil Plus 1.5x Blue light (6000K) Illuminated Magnifier

The blue light of this Pocket Magnifier can provide clear LED illumination for those who find a cooler light beneficial as a reading aid and for other tasks difficult with poor vision. This LED Magnifier uses 3 x AAA batteries and has a convenient loop for a lanyard. The Hand held Magnifying Glass comes with a microfibre pouch to protect it and this can also be used to clean the lens. Buy it here.

x1.25 magnification

Coil Clear View Stand MagnifierCoil Clear View Stand Magnifier

The Clear View Rectangle Stand Magnifier has a large rectangular convex lens which is fitted onto a strong bright coloured wire stand for ease of use. The Page Magnifier can be angled to obtain the best reading position and view and can be used hands-free so writing or other tasks could be undertaken beneath it. Useful for the partially sighted and also for hobbies. Buy it here.


About Vision Enhancers

Vision Enhancers provides carefully chosen low vision aids from quality manufacturers which have been tried and tested in low vision clinics.

  • To support and guide you through the process there is help and advice on choosing and using Low Vision Aids, including a magnification wizard chart that will outline a selection of vision aids which may be particularly relevant to you.
  • To help your understanding of low vision, information on the leading eye conditions causing low vision is provided as well as a frequently asked questions section – all designed to help you to make the most of living independently with reduced vision.

We want to help you to choose the right visual aids for your needs and to provide advice and support to help you to make the most of the vision you have.

If you need advice please call us on 0800 112 3691 and we will help you to find the best product for your requirements.

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