Stand magnifiers are available in a wide range of powers using high-quality lenses, often with the option of self-contained illumination. Design features include special mountings for writing, and ergometric features such as lenses that can tilt or are permanently inclined for more comfortable reading posture. Some stand magnifiers utilize clear mountings or molded designs without obvious housings to allow considerable ambient light into the system.
Consumers who have an unsteady grip or fatigue easily appreciate stand magnifiers, in addition to finding them useful for hobbies and short-term tasks. An inclined lap desk is an adaptive, non-optical device that helps a person maintain a more comfortable posture while using a stand magnifier.
In prescribing and working with stand magnifiers, it is crucial to take into consideration the true dioptric power (TDP) of the lens system.