Need good qualtiy magnifying glass for macular degeneration

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Bob, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I want to buy a good quality magnifying glass for my parents for
    macular degeneration. They have a couple of inexpensive ones now. I
    assume a good quality lens might be sharper and clearer. Where can i
    find a good lens? Thanks.
    Bob, Nov 29, 2003
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  2. Bob

    The Real Bev Guest

    I'll defer to the optical pros here, but just about any glass magnifying
    glass is good enough. They come in different powers, so you might want
    to take your parents with you to see which power is most useful to
    them. There are also plastic magnifying glasses that look sort of like
    a combination of glasses and binoculars which can be focused as desired
    and which are available through low-vision specialists.

    Where to buy: Braille institute, other low-vision specialists,
    bookstores, opticians' shops, educational toy stores...

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    The Real Bev, Nov 30, 2003
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  3. Bob

    Dr Judy Guest

    Sharpness and clearness will depend more upon the condition of their maculas
    than upon the magnifying glass. The power of the lens needed totally
    depends upon the best corrected visual acuity. Depending on the extent of
    the disease and the tasks they want to perform, they may do better with
    stand magnifiers, spectacle mounted telescopes, or high power reading
    glasses rather than hand held devices. Then there is the question of
    whether they need it lighted on or not and they will need some instruction
    on how to use it properly. Try to find a low vision clinic, either private
    or associated with your local foundation for the blind, where they can have
    a proper assessment.

    Do a Google search using "Low Vision Clinic" as the search word to find a
    clinic near them.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Nov 30, 2003
  4. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Thanks for your reply. I will investigate the sources. Bob.
    Bob, Dec 1, 2003
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