Magnifying aids

a beautiful eye

How can you help someone living with sight loss ?


On a daily basis through my work as a home help for the elderly, I see first hand just how much of an impact sight loss has on an elderly person.

Previously independent some of my clients are now reliant on myself and other people to read their post, read cooking instructions etc.

There are several magnifiers available to suit different situations. Magnifying aids do help to a great extent although in some in some severe cases of Age Related Macular degeneration they are less effective.

Dome magnifiers are useful at home for reading letters,newspapers etc but bulky to carry around.

These work by the user sliding the dome, which is usually made of acrylic, across the text.

There are several types of more expensive electronic magnifiers which are pocket size and offer excellent portable magnification when out shopping etc.

There are many various options when it comes to magnifiers depending on the users requirements. Some can be as simple as a sheet

Others are worn around the neck offering hands free use.

For an elderly person these offer great assistance as eye sight weakens and are a thoughtful idea for a gift.


Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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