Non-illuminated stand magnifiers

Stand magnifiers rest on the page and do not need to be focused.
Stand magnifiers are either non-illuminated (without inbuilt light source) or illuminated (with inbuilt light source). This page describes non illuminated stand magnifiers.

Non illuminated stand magnifier on a magazine


  • available in higher magnification
  • do not require good hand control as they rest on the page
  • object is always in focus (so long as magnifier is sitting on the page)


  • fixed posture required (you may need to bring the page closer to your face to avoid hunching over the page)
  • difficult to get close enough for good viewing
  • need hard, flat and stable surface
  • difficult to use for extended reading

Instructions for use

  1. If you have reading glasses, put them on (unless otherwise instructed).
  2. Place the magnifier flat on the page. The print will be in focus, but if you raise the magnifier off the page the print will blur.
  3. Use natural light or a reading lamp. Position the lamp close to the magnifier (between your eye level and the magnifier) so that the light shines underneath the magnifying lens onto the page.

The image below shows how to position your lamp when using the stand magnifer.

using a non illuminated stand magnifier with a lamp

Position the lamp close to the magnifier.

  1. If using a strong magnifier, bring the magnifier and the page close to your eyes. Alternatively, if you are resting the page on a table, move your face closer to the magnifier. The closer your eyes are to the magnifier, the more words you will be able to see.
  2. To read, slide the magnifier across the page keeping the magnifier flat on the page and to read the page.
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