For simple spot-reading tasks like seeing labels and bills, this portable, lightweight tool is ideal, says Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., director of the UAB Center for Low-Vision Rehabilitation. “These are great for people with steady hands who understand focusing,” Dr. DeCarlo says. Because people with macular degeneration struggle with fine detail, simply enlarging text can help. But you need one with a light. “A magnifier without one is unlikely to work for someone with macular degeneration.” Prices range, but you should be able to find a good one for under $100, she says. Just be sure to book a visit with a low-vision specialist first, so you know the right magnification for you.