Magnifier FAQs


1. Do you sell a flat magnifier that I can lay directly on the page?

2. Why can't I find a magnifier with 5x to 10x power that has a 5 to 10 inch diameter lens?

3. Will a magnifier with a Fresnel lens help with Macular Degeneration?

4. What is a diopter?

5. I need a magnifier to assist me with reading a book. Is the 2x power magnifier good enough?

6. I need a hands-free magnifier to assist with crafts. What do you recommend?

7. My mother needs a magnifier to help her with everyday activities, what do you recommend?

8. What is a good size magnifier that will fit in a purse or handbag?

9. My father is in his 70s, and his hands are not that steady, do you have a magnifier that you would recommend?

10. What does aspheric mean?

11. Is a glass lens better than a plastic lens?

12. What is field of view?

13. What magnification is best for me?

14. Why are the higher magnification lenses so small?

15. What magnifiers would be good for school/educational use?

16. What is the least expensive magnifier you sell?

17. What is the most expensive magnifier you sell?

18. What would be a good magnifier to get for my mother or father?

19. What magnifiers would you recommend for looking at stamps and coins?

20. What magnifiers are good for reading maps in the car?

21. What is the highest magnification magnifier that you offer?

22. What magnifier would make a great gift for someone in my office?

23. What brands of magnifiers do you carry?

24. How many magnifiers do you currently stock?

25. Do you ship internationally?

26. Do you gift wrap?

27. When will my order ship?

1. Do you sell a flat magnifier that I can lay directly on the page? Magnifiers that are thin and flat have a focal length that require some amount of inches between the magnifier and the subject behind the lens to achieve optimal magnification. That distance is usually anywhere between 2 and 5 inches, depending on the magnifier. In order to achieve optimal magnification with a magnifier that lies directly on a page, you need some amount of curvature in the lens. We sell flat bookmark and full-size page magnifiers (that need to be held 2" to 5" above the page) and the bar and dome magnifiers (that can be placed directly on a page); however, the bar and dome magnifiers magnify a smaller amount of text. Please visit our Page & Bar Magnifiers category for bookmark, pocket-size, full-page, bar and dome magnifiers.

2. Why can't I find a magnifier with 5x to 10x power that has a 5 to 10 inch diameter lens? There is a direct relationship between the magnification power of a magnifier and the lens size of the magnifier. As the lens size of the magnifier increases, the magnification power of the magnifier decreases. Conversely, as the lens size of the magnifier decreases, the magnification power increases. This is a result of the amount of curvature in the magnifier lens. So, magnification power is a result of the amount of curvature in the magnifier lens. As the lens size increases, the amount of curvature in the lens decreases, resulting in lower magnification power. As the lens size decreases, the amount of curvature in the lens increases, resulting in higher magnification power.

3. Will a magnifier with a Fresnel lens help with Macular Degeneration? It is our opinion that a magnifier with a Fresnel lens will not help people with macular degeneration because the clarity of the Fresnel lens is not as clear as other acrylic lenses or glass lenses. However, please consult your eye doctor for a professional opinion.

4. What is a diopter? A diopter is the unit of measurement of the optical power of a magnifying lens or curved magnifying mirror. It is the strength of the magnifying lens measured at one meter. Four diopters (4.0D) represent a 100% increase in magnification or 1x power magnification of the object being magnified. So, a 16 diopter (16D) measurement is approximately equal to 4x power magnification and a 20 diopter (20.0D) measurement is approximately equal to 5x power magnification. A handy formula to convert from magnification power to diopters is to multiply the magnification power by four. Example: 3x magnification times 4 = 12 diopters.

5. I need a magnifier to assist me with reading a book. Is a 2x power magnifier good enough? As everyone's eyesight is different, there is no single right answer. With a 2x power magnifier, text will be magnified two times. The focal length (the point of focus behind the lens) of a 2x power magnifier is longer than the focal length of a magnifier of higher power (i.e. 10x). The result of using a 2x magnifier instead of a 10x magnifier is the ability for you to have a greater distance between the magnifier and the subject behind the magnifier. This makes for a comfortable reading distance as you hold the magnifier and view the subject behind the magnifier. (Conversely, with a 10x magnifier, the distance between the magnifier and the subject behind the magnifier is close. Proper use a 10x magnifier requires holding the magnifier close to your face and the subject close to the magnifier.) This is not the preferred reading posture for most people, unless necessitated by low vision and/or an eye doctor's recommendation.

6. I need a hands-free magnifier to assist with crafts and hobbies. What do you recommend? It depends on what type of craft, and for what purpose you intend to use the magnifier. To use a magnifier for needlepoint and sewing, a larger magnifier (e.g. 4 inch diameter) is recommended to give you as large of a magnified field of view as possible. However, using the large diameter (e.g. 4 inch diameter) lens will result in using a magnifier with a lower magnification power (e.g. 2x). To use a magnifier for stamps and coins, we recommend a magnifier with at least 5x magnification. Expect a magnifier with 5x magnification to have a 2 inch diameter approximately. Selecting the best magnifier to meet your individual needs depends on the level of detail you desire to see on the subject / object. If you wish to see the fine details of jewelry, most jewelers will recommend at least a 10x power magnifier.

7. My mother needs a magnifier to help her with everyday activities. What do you recommend? Please have her consult an eye doctor or low vision specialist, as a qualified professional can recommend a specific magnification based on your mother's particular eyesight and vision requirements. Many diseases of the eye begin with sight problems. It is important that you mother receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Please also consult an eye doctor or low vision specialist for a recommendation if your mother has macular degeneration and dystrophies, retinitis pigmentosa, rod and cone dystrophies, Usher's syndromes, diabetic retinopathy, albinism, glaucoma, or any other low vision condition. We sell magnifiers for everyday use ranging from 2x to 10x magnification. Your mother may need a 3x magnifier for everyday reading, but may require a 5x magnifier to read the fine print in the mail or in legal documents. A 10x magnifier may be required for some people with advanced low vision conditions. You may wish consider purchasing a variety of different magnifiers to meet all of her low vision needs. You can learn more about low vision and low vision resources at WhatIs LowVision.org.

8. What is a good size magnifier that will fit in a purse or handbag? We stock a variety of magnifiers with 2x - 100x magnification that can fit in a purse or handbag; however, your intended uses and magnification needs will determine what type of magnifier you purchase. Please consider some of the smaller hand-held magnifiers, the pocket magnifiers, and the loupe magnifiers; all of these magnifiers are available for purchase from our online store - www.SeeItBigger.com.

9. My father is in his 70s and his hands are not that steady. Do you have a magnifier that you would recommend? Due to the shakiness of his hands, we recommend a magnifier with a large lens to ensure the magnified field of view of the magnifier remains on the subject being magnified. Our extensive selection of hand-held magnifiers is a great place to start your search.

10. What does aspheric mean? An aspheric lens is a magnifying lens with a surface profile that is neither a portion of a sphere nor of a circular cylinder. This more complex surface can eliminate spherical aberrations as well as other optical aberrations. The aspheric lens is smaller and lighter than multi-lens magnifiers or the convex lenses. The thinner lens results in a smaller and lighter magnifier. Thin optical lenses used in eyeglasses sometimes use thin aspheric lenses to eliminate the visual distortion.

11. Is a glass lens better than a plastic lens? Not necessarily, it really comes down to a matter of personal choice. Both types of lenses can provide sufficient magnifying power. Glass lenses normally allow more light to transmit through the magnifier lens as compared to acrylic lenses. However, many of the acrylic magnifying lenses produced today remove most of this bias through precise optical engineering. Glass lenses are more scratch resistant, but they are also heavier to hold. The acrylic lens is lighter and not as prone to breakage and shattering. The majority of magnifiers manufactured today are made with acrylic lenses.

12. What is field of view? The field of view is the area of magnification you are able to see through the lens. Generally, the larger the diameter (or lens area for rectangular of square lenses) the larger the magnifier's field of view. However, not all magnifiers are the same and some have larger fields of view than others.

13. What magnification is best for me? Each person's vision is different, so the answer is different for each person. Your eye doctor (after consultation with you) is the best person to answer this question. Generally speaking, most people request magnifiers between 2x power and 10x power to meet their vision requirements for reading and other everyday activities.

14. Why are the higher magnification lenses so small? As the lens size of the magnifier decreases, the magnification power of the magnifier increases. Conversely, as the lens size of the magnifier increases, the magnification power of the magnifier decreases. This is a result of the amount of curvature in the magnifier lens. Magnification power is a result of the amount of curvature in the magnifier lens. As the lens size decreases, the amount of curvature in the lens increases, resulting in higher magnification power. As the lens size increases, the amount of curvature in the lens decreases, resulting in lower magnification power.

15. What magnifiers would be good for school/educational use? We sell a wide selection of magnifiers that are suited for school/educational use. Depending on the anticipated use and age of the person that will be using it, you may want to consider the following suggestions: Carson BugLoupe, the Carson BigEye Magnifier, the Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers Round Magnifier, the Carson MagniRama Magnifer, the COIL Clear View Hands Free Magnifer, and the Carson MicroBrite Pocket Microscope. Please contact us for bulk pricing on quantities of 50 or more.

16. What is the least expensive magnifier you sell? At See It Bigger, we sell a variety of low-priced magnifiers. Our lowest-priced magnifier is currently the Carson MagniMark Magnifying Bookmark for $3.79. The Carson MagniMark Magnifying Bookmark is a 3x power flexible plastic Fresnel lens magnifier. Great for enlarging print of books, newspapers, dictionaries, telephone directories, maps and more. Please consult our Clearance section, where you'll find an ever-changing selection of great buys on close-out merchandise.

17. What is the most expensive magnifier you sell? At See It Bigger, we sell a variety of high-end magnifiers. Our most expensive magnifier is currently the Eschenbach Visolux Tiltable Stand Magnifier for $244.60. The Eschenbach Visolux Tiltable Stand Magnifier (3.8x) is a large rectangular stand magnifier with an aspheric PXM lightweight lens with Cera-Tec coating to prevent scratches. This highly functional magnifier features a 2.8x (7D) aspheric lens with a "snap-on" 1x (4D) lens attached underneath. The 1x (4D) "snap-on" lens can be easily removed to provide greater work space for tasks such as handwriting. (Combined, both lenses total 3.8x.) Comes with a tiltable lens.

18. What would be a good magnifier to get for my mother or father? Please have your mother or father consult an eye doctor first, as an eye doctor is best qualified to recommend a specific magnification and magnifier from See It BIGGER based on your mother or father's particular eyesight and vision requirements. Please also consult an eye doctor for a recommendation if your mother or father has macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other low vision conditions. We have magnifiers for everyday use ranging from 2x to 10x power. Your mother or father may need a 3x for everyday reading, but may require a 5x magnifier to read the fine print in the mail or in legal documents. A 10x magnifier may be required for some people with advanced low vision conditions. You should consider purchasing a variety of different magnifiers to meet all of your mother or father's low vision needs.

19. What magnifiers would you recommend for looking at stamps and coins? To obtain a close view of the details on stamps and coins, we recommend you select a magnifier with at least 5x magnification. This level of magnification will ensure the finer details of the stamp or coin are magnified well enough for close inspection. You can Search By Magnification on our website.

20. What magnifiers are good for reading maps in the car? We recommend a lightweight, lighted hand-held magnifier (2x to 5x power) to read maps in the car. The light on the hand-held magnifier will also come in handy at night, and can serve as a makeshift flashlight (if you are in a pinch). Some of our customer favorites include the Carson Lighted MagniFold Magnifier, the Carson LumiPop, the Bausch & Lomb Compact Lighted Magnifer, the UltraOptix Lighted 3" Round Magnifier and the UltraOptix Rectangular Lighted Magnifer. All of these magnifiers are small enough to store easily in most gloveboxes or the toolbox in your trunk.

21. What is the highest magnification magnifier that you offer? At See It Bigger, we sell a variety of high-power magnifiers. Our most high-power magnifier is the Carson zPix 200 Digital Microscope for $99.95. The Carson zPix 200 Digital Microscope is a powerful 26x - 130x magnification microscope that displays the magnified images right on your computer screen. Capture an image to keep using the built-in 1.3 megapixel resolution digital camera while viewing other images.

22. What magnifier would make a great gift for someone in my office? At See It Bigger, we have over 250 different brand name magnifiers for you to choose from. Although all of the brand name magnifiers sold at See It Bigger could be presented as a gift to someone at the office, we have listed some gift ideas in the Magnifier Gift Ideas category to assist you. We have three good examples of great gift ideas for someone in your office: A lightweight, hand-held magnifier that can be stored in a desk and used as needed. A functional, hands-free magnifier that can be used on a desk or table to assist with charts, maps, and other documents with fine print. A pocket magnifier that nicely fits into a pocket, purse or handbag is ideal for the executive or person on the go.

23. What brands of magnifiers do you carry? At See It Bigger, we only carry and sell brand name magnifiers from reputable companies. We are an authorized distributor of Bausch & Lomb, California Accessories, Carson Optical, CTP COIL, Eschenbach Optik, Floxite, Konus, La Scala, Private Eyes, Rialto, RodOptics, Stanley London, The Daylight Company, and UltraOptix magnifiers.

24. How many magnifiers do you currently stock? At See It Bigger - Your Magnifier Superstore, we stock over 200 different brand name magnifiers. We are proud to be an authorized distributor of Bausch & Lomb, California Accessories, Carson Optical, CTP COIL, Eschenbach Optik, Floxite, Konus, La Scala, Private Eyes, Rialto, RodOptics, Stanley London, The Daylight Company, and UltraOptix magnifiers. Because we value you as a customer, we are constantly expanding our selection of quality, brand name magnifiers to meet your needs. Remember: buy it today and See It Bigger tomorrow!

25. Do you ship internationally? At this time, we only ship to the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

26. Do you gift wrap? At this time we do not offer a gift wrap service.

27. When will my order ship? At See It Bigger, we understand you want your magnifier as soon as possible. Most orders (99%) ship within 24 hours of receipt of the order. If you place an order on Friday or Saturday, See It Bigger will ship your order the following business day, Monday. On the day your order ships, you will receive an email confirmation from See It Bigger indicating that your order has shipped. Fast delivery is just a part of the exceptional customer service we strive to provide. See It Bigger is closed on Federal Holidays and does not ship on these days.