These are commonly used for tasks such as reading, writing, or doing hobbies. This is especially for extended near tasks. Since there is a fixed distance between the lens and the object you are looking at, accommodation is required so you should use your reading glasses if you have one. This causes less fatigue because the magnifier rests flat on the page. However, it is not a hands free device, and it is not that portable. Children have and easier time using stand magnifiers.
Perfect for tasks where you need both hands like sewing, knitting, or other hobbies. This also provides a large field of view. Magnification is usually 2x but some have an additional bifocal lens of about 4x magnification. The cord that hangs it around the neck allows you to adjust the distance.
Hands free stand magnifier attached to a gooseneck lamp
This multipurpose video magnifier attaches to an LCD screen. It can magnify objects for near vision, and can magnify images at a distance. This is ideal for classroom activities to see the blackboard, then read and write notes. It also comes in a portable travel bag. You can also use this to put make up on. There is a large magnification range and you can also change the display mode to what suits your vision. It also has the function for left or right handedness.
This loupe magnifier for near task enables you to use both your hands for the task. this is good for writing, sewing or other crafts. It also comes in different magnifications from 2x to 4x and the higher the magnification, the nearer the distance from your eye to the object.
There are also clip on telescopes for near tasks
Monocular telescopes are used for distance viewing, and have powers from 3x to 10x. This is good for looking at signs, reading the blackboard, looking at people at a distance and recognizing faces.
The NOIR fit-overs are filters worn over your glasses that absorb both ultraviolet and infrared. They have good protection from the glare. It comes in different colors but the amber colors enhances contrast. Depending on your disease there is a shade that would be right for you and enhance your vision.