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Donegan OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier
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Donegan OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier

Available in multiple sizes

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews) 4 answered questions

Product Specifications

Brand Name
Donegan Optical

The Donegan OptiVISOR is a hands-free, headband binocular ma...Read full product description

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1.5x Magnification, 20" Focal Length 1 DA-2 B000EM98KM
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1.75x Magnification, 14" Focal Length 1 DA-3 B0015IS6IY
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2.5x Magnification, 8" Focal Length 1 DA-5 B0015IN8J6
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2.75x Magnification, 6" Focal Length 1 DA-7 B0015IQC0S
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2x Magnification, 10" Focal Length 1 DA-4 B0015IS6K2
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3.5x Magnification, 4" Focal Length 1 DA-10 B0015IP380
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Without Lensplate 1 DA-0 B000EO3JNC
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Product Features

  • Binocular headband magnifier provides hands-free magnification and viewing for a variety of applications such as jewelry-making, watch-making, needlework, artwork, electronic inspection, book-reading, print inspection, and stamp-collecting
  • Available in multiple dioptric strengths (indicated by the model number) that provide a specific magnification power (X), depending on the distance from the object
  • Optical glass lenses are ground and polished into prismatic lenses for quality and clarity; easier to clean than plastic lenses
  • A dioptric number and a magnification number are not the same thing. Diopter strength represents a specific magnification power (X). For example, a 5-diopter provides 2.5X magnification (at a distance of 8")
  • Can be worn over prescription or safety eyeglasses

Product Details

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  • ASIN: B0068OSIIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Donegan OptiVISOR is a hands-free, headband binocular magnifier that has optical glass lenses that are ground and polished into prismatic lenses for quality and clarity, and is available in multiple dioptric strengths (indicated by the number in the model) which provide specific magnification power (X) at specific focal lengths, or distance from object. This magnifier enhances the size and resolution of an object or image, and is commonly used for a variety of applications such as jewelry-making, watch- making, needlework, artwork, electronic inspection, book-reading, print inspection, and stamp-collecting.

The OptiVISOR magnifier features replaceable binocular lenses that have beveled edges that are mounted in an interchangeable plastic frame. An adjustable headband with padded leather comfort band conforms to a variety of head sizes and provides comfort for hours of continuous use. It can be worn over prescription or safety eyeglasses. A durable, plastic visor tips up above the forehead when not in use. Spring-loaded pivot screws hold the headband in a raised or a forward-facing position. The magnifier weighs 0.67 lbs., and comes housed in a protective shell and carrying case. It has a one-year limited warranty.

Diopter (D) is a technical term for the measurement of the light curvature and thickness of a lens. A dioptric number and a magnification number are not the same thing. Diopter strength represents a specific magnification power (X). For example, a 5-diopter provides 2.5X magnification (at a distance of 8”). See the magnification chart. The higher the diopter, the more magnification a lens can provide. As magnification increases, distance to the object (focal length), and field of view (diameter, or narrowness of view) decreases. Magnifiers and prescription eyeglasses have a diopter value, such as 1.5 or 2. The dioptric strength of an accessory lens, such as prescription eyeglasses or an eye loupe, must be added to the dioptric strength of the magnifier to calculate total magnification.

Magnifiers are devices used to enlarge the visual appearance of an object or image. Magnifiers come in a variety of styles such as hand-held, headband, standing, clip-on, eye loupe, and those that hang in a necklace form, or fit in a trouser pocket. Magnifiers are commonly made of plastic or glass. They can have one or more lenses with varying magnification abilities, and can have a binocular configuration with a single lens, or two separate lenses. They are sometimes used with LED or fluorescent light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Magnifier ability is often expressed as magnification at a specific length. For example, 1.75X at 14” means that when a magnifier is held at 14” from a viewer’s eyes, the object will be magnified 1.75 times (X) its actual size. As magnification increases, viewing areas and focal length decrease. Magnifiers sometimes have a diopter number, expressed as + or -D, which is a measurement of strength (or power) of the lens. Some magnifiers are marked with a dioptric number on the lens. A high diopter number has a higher magnification than a low diopter number. Aspheric magnifiers, unlike spheric magnifiers, produce a sharp image to the edge of the lens for less distortion. Magnifiers are widely used in jewelry inspection and fabrication, watch-making, needlework, artwork, reading, print inspection, and stamp-collecting.


Determining Magnification

Focal length
(Distance from object)
Sample view
20/20 vision
20" (50.8cm)
No Magnification
2-diopter lens
20" (50.8cm)
1.50x Magnification
3-diopter lens
14" (35.56cm)
1.75x Magnification
4-diopter lens
10" (25.4cm)
2.0x Magnification
5-diopter lens
8" (20.32cm)
2.50x Magnification
7-diopter lens
6" (15.24cm)
2.75x Magnification
10-diopter lens
4" (10.16cm)
3.50x Magnification

Donegan Optical manufactures and distributes precision visual devices for hobbyists and professionals in industry, home, office and crafts applications. The company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas.

What’s in the Box?

  • OptiVISOR
  • Instruction manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
167 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade Instantly to Bionic Eyeballs! December 6, 2009
Size Name:3.5x Magnification, 4" Focal Length
I have owned an OptiVisor for several years. Originally purchased for work, I bought a second pair for home and have used them for (to name a few) pulling splinters out of the kids fingers, assessment of a problem with my dog's paw, detailed gluing of small project work, removing and assessing a tick, replacing a watch battery and for making small, detailed measurements. My eyes aren't what they used to be--but with these... they're temporarily much, much better!
Others have reviewed the limited depth of field. This is true--you'll need to be close to the subject for it to be in focus. Please understand that this is not a fault of the manufacturer but is the way optics perform when designed to work in this fashion. In my opinion, this limitation makes these an unsuitable solution for reading unless you need extreme help and are willing to hold the material very close. I've tried. It's clumsy.
Two notes from my years of using this product. 1) There are "thumbturn" tighteners (small knobs visible in the picture) that keep the visor in position once you've adjusted it on your head. We tend to only tighten the one on the right because we are right handed. The left one became loose, fell off, and was lost for quite some time before we located it under the couch. Keep both of these finger-tight or you may lose one of them. 2) The optics can scratch if you store the visor improperly. We like the visor so much that we put a hook on the wall near the office desk--just an arm's reach away. Easy access. Safe storage.
These are ruggedly built, well-designed and have helped me to solve many problems. Therefore, they get my 5-star approval and recommendation.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for soldering surface mount componets November 16, 2009
Size Name:2.5x Magnification, 8" Focal Length|Verified Purchase
I been using this product for years and years, 1 have 2 broken ones where the plastic hood part cracks and is impossible to glue back together.
but is light weight and I can wear them all day working on electronic circuit boards.
There are many magifications of this product but this one a #5 is just right gives you about 7-8 inches away from work area
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Magnifier but a little pricey February 2, 2010
By Tony G.
Size Name:3.5x Magnification, 4" Focal Length|Verified Purchase
I bought this headband magnifier to be able to work hands-free on electronic circuitry and small surface mount components. I thought I'd be able to use a small soldering iron while wearing the visor, but at the point of good focus there's only about 3 to 4 inches of clearance between the lenses and the work. It can still be done, but you have to be careful as you bring the iron in and out of the working view so you don't burn the visor or the lenses.

This magnifier is good overall. The fit is nice and snug and pretty comfortable to wear for extended time. The lenses are good quality, although if I had to buy another I'd get a lower magnification than this 3-1/2X. It's very hard to work with items because the focal length is under 4 inches. The 2.5X or 2.75X are probably better for getting more working distance. The knob-adjust headband is a nice feature for quickly adjusting to a snug fit, and the side knobs let you adjust the up/down swing very easily.

I also ordered the OptiLoupe 2.5X addon, but that thing is pretty useless. It's very hard to use and it has a narrow zone of vision.

Overall, the construction and quality of this headband visor is very good and it does what it claims.
It costs a bit more than most others, but it seems to be of very good construction.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best overall January 21, 2010
Size Name:2.5x Magnification, 8" Focal Length
These are everywhere and can be found at low prices if you look around, which you should because these are the most form-fitting, all-day wearable magnifiers of the bunch. Not fancy, not a lot of features, and not much weight, which is very important if you plan on actually using this type of head worn magnifier for extended periods. The lens material is very scratch resistant, easy to clean, and clear. The adjustable headband is simple and not fancy at all, but it conforms to your head, unlike the very uncomfortable B&Ls, which I also have.

I bought my last pair of these for less than I see here on Amazon, where I think they are priced a little high. Even so, these are the ones to get, because the design is superior.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Review November 17, 2012
Size Name:2.5x Magnification, 8" Focal Length|Verified Purchase
A the time I'm writing this, there is a Gold Box deal on so I wanted to point out a few things.

The optical quality of these is excellent. But some things you should know,

If your head is not perfectly round, these can be very uncomfortable.

Since there are several magnifications available, the lenses are just added to the box with the headband. It doesn't seem terribly prudent to be throwing optical lenses in a box loose with the attachment screws so they can bounce around until you assemble them. Pretty bush league in fact when the quality of the lenses is the main selling point.

Other than that you will get what you likely expect. Much better for close up work than even the best reading glasses.

Still not sure if I'm going to keep them due to the extreme discomfort wearing them, even for very short periods.

A questionable purchase.

PS - The Gold Box deal now and the Lightning Deal when I got them recently was $27.50
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality at an affordable price March 3, 2011
Size Name:1.75x Magnification, 14" Focal Length|Verified Purchase
I purchased the Donegan OptiVisor after researching several different brands and styles of headband magnifier to help me better see small parts when I make custom jewelry. I need to be sure that all the pieces fit snugly, joints are even, and any scratches or sharp ends on wire and findings are eliminated.

The GLASS lens sold me on this particular one over the others I looked at. From other reviewer's comments of all the brands I researched, I gathered that the optical quality for the glass lens was superior to the more common, plastic lens which often was or became blurry or distorted and could not be worn for extended periods without developing a headache or eye-distress.

I was also concerned about lens scratches, etc. I believe I made the correct choice. The headband is infinitely adjustable and lined in the forehead area with a soft headpiece which makes it very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The visor has knobs on each side allowing me to adjust tension for the task at hand. After the initial period of getting used to wearing the headband and adjusting my working distances, I have worn this magnifier for hours without getting a headache or developing eye-distress! The OptiVisor also fits comfortably with my prescription glasses on.

I also like the fact that the lens can be changed out for another magnification or replaced should it become damaged, without having to replace the entire headband. Although made entirely from plastic (except for the lens) the Donegan OptiVisor quality is excellent, and given some care in use and storage, should last for several years. I do not regret purchasing this product -- and after shopping around, Amazon was the least expensive online store I found.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The OptiVisor is the best bang for the buck in headband magnifiers
I have had an OptiVisor for over 20 years, it has become something of a challenge to keep it going. What with a sheet metal frame for the lenses, lots of epoxy and ingenuity. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Paul A. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great magnifier
I purchased this as a direct replacement for a magnifier that I had for 30 years and had broken. Adjustable headband should fit all. Read more
Published 13 days ago by T Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST
I ordered the OptiVisor to work with beading. They have been a blessing, because it is hard to see some of the smallest details.
Published 14 days ago by louisianalady
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality glass lenses
Minimal distortion. Spare parts available. Great for removing ticks, one hand with tweezers, one with a torch. The head mount, hands free is very useful.
Published 21 days ago by PK
5.0 out of 5 stars once I heard about these, I will not solder without them
soldering has flare-up, cutoff leads that fly when you snip them and other hazzards. this allows me to work safely and not risk my eyes. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bryan Levin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great product
Finally, a product that performs as advertised. It is lightweight, comfortable and can be used while wearing glasses. Read more
Published 22 days ago by mark hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom can see clearly now
Mom can see very clearly using this magnifier. Easy to use and adjust. Save her eye sight in the long run.
Published 23 days ago by Joan Loke
5.0 out of 5 stars Optivisor LX has plastic lens and the "regular" OptiVisor has glass...
I own many OptiVisors and LOVE them, and so does my wife. But be careful -- there are two different products under the OptiVisor name. Read more
Published 23 days ago by cfeied
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i use this almost every day in the machine shop where i work. It is light weight, simple and the optics are glass and very good quality. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
At age 68 I have just started a form of embroidery, called Hardanger, that involves counting stitches and threads on the cloth being sewn. I was struggling with 3. Read more
Published 28 days ago by chezphyl
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