Questions about Handheld electronic magnifiers

Answers to your questions

How does the Looky work?

A handheld magnifier is place on or near the text or picture to be enlarged. The text will then be magnified and shown on the Looky's screen. If you hold the Looky up to 5 cm above a text, you will always have a clear image and you will be able to read the text perfectly. You can view the text in color, but can also change the contrast to black / white or white / black.

Can I write underneath the Looky?

You can simply tilt the Looky's handle backwards into the special writing position. When you now place the handle flat on a surface, the Looky itself rises up at an angle. You can use the available space to, for example, sign a check.

How much does the Looky weigh?

They Looky only weighs a mere 200 grams and is the lightest handheld electronic magnifier around. The Looky can even be carried in your pocket, purse or briefcase easily so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Can I replace the batteries myself?

Yes, the Looky is equipped with rechargeable batteries that you can easily replace yourself. We have even modified the Looky so that the batteries can only fit 1 way, so you will never have to worry about the + and - of batteries when dealing with the Looky. You will also receive a charger with the Looky so that you can charge the batteries while they are inside the Looky.

Where can I use the Looky?

The Looky is ideal for using indoors as well as outdoors, but especially comes in handy when going out to the supermarket, shops, restaurants, etc.

What does the Looky Support do?

The Looky Support is an accessory to the Looky, especially designed to help you read while using the Looky. The Support will keep the Looky at a certain height so that you can read at your preferred enlargement while keeping the Looky steadily on the flat surface.

Does my insurance cover the costs of a Looky?

Yes, the purchasing cost of an electronic magnifier will be covered in full by your health insurance agency; unless your insurance policy states otherwise. In order to qualify for a refund, the magnifier needs to be prescribed by a low vision expert that your insurance agency approves of.


Usually your GP will refer you to an eye doctor or a similar medical expert. In the Netherlands there are several regional institutions where several experts can advise you on all possible low vision aids, including handheld electronic magnifiers. At these regional institutes, also referred to as low vision centers, you can try out the Looky. For an address near you please contact us for the details.