Full Page Magnifiers
Suggested uses: newspapers, magazines
Full page magnifiers are usually about 8 inches x 10 inches in size and are made to magnify an entire page of text at a time. But before you get too excited about full page magnifiers, there are a couple of caveats.
First, full page magnifiers must be held about 3 to 4 inches above the page in order to magnify the page. They will not provide any magnification when laid directly on a page. Secondly, full page magnifiers are made with a Fresnel lens and the magnification is usually not more than 2x or 3x power. With such a large surface area, the only way to achieve magnification is through the use of a Fresnel lens. The clarity on a Fresnel lens magnifier is not a clear as a magnifier made of glass or acrylic.
Full page magnifiers are great for occasional use if you need just a little extra help seeing some small print, but they are not recommended for anyone with very poor eyesight or a low vision condition such as macular degeneration.
Full page magnifiers can be made of a hard acrylic such as the Carson Rigid Frame Full Page Magnifier.
Or, a thin, flexible plastic sheet, such as the Carson MagniSheet.
If you are looking for something a little smaller, but with the same function, consider the UltraOptix HandiLens, shown on the left, which is about the size of a postcard.