Daily Wire Tip: Optivisor Distance and Magnification

By on July 24, 2011
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Dale, thank you so much for your everyday tips. I love your book too! I’m struggling to pick out the right kind of Optivisor. What do 8", 14", and 20" actually mean? And how am I supposed to know what magnifying glass I need? Thanks a lot for your help.

-Irisha in Georgetown, Texas


Hi Irisha, thanks so much! I am glad that all of the information I share is helpful to you. Now about Optivisors, the numbers you mention, 8", 14", and 20", relate to how closely you will need to hold your work to your eyes for the magnification to work properly. I like to recommend 14-inch to my students because this distance allows you to work without having to hold your work too closely, preventing strain on the back, neck and shoulders.

Optivisor with 1.75 Lens

By "magnifying glass" I think you mean what power of lens that goes into the Optivisor. Most people use a 1.75 either with or without their prescription glasses. The greater the magnification, the closer to your eyes you have to hold the work to see it properly. We had a nice discussion about eye magnification devices that may give you some more insight called: Magnify Wire Jewelry with Optivisors.

Just remember that the further away you are able to hold your work and still see the details will prevent pain in your body!

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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    Dave - UK

    July 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Hi guys
    The headset I use is the Adjustable Headband Magnifier on your web site. Product ID: G6-7

    It comes with 4 different lenses for different types of work. Also has a light in the top, and you can lift the visor up without having to take it off everytime.
    Had mine a long time and is invaluable.

    Dave – UK

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    Gwen Berger

    February 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I find this type of magnifier too visually confining as it limits peripheral vision above and to the sides, they also are too heavy and cause me to get a headache. I prefer to use a clip on magnifying lens set. They clip to any pair of glasses and come with multiple magnification lenses. They are lighter weight and allow you to see what else is going on around you when you need to without removing the visor.
    They also take much less room when traveling. I use them when I demonstrate techniques at Arts & Craft Events.