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Helping blind and partially sighted people to read: the effectiveness of low vision aids [Letter]

Margrain, Thomas Hengist 2000. Helping blind and partially sighted people to read: the effectiveness of low vision aids [Letter]. British Journal of Ophthalmology 84 (8) , pp. 919-921. 10.1136/bjo.84.8.919

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Abstract

AIMS To substantiate the claim that low vision aids reduce the degree of disability associated with visual impairment. METHODS An observational study of vision, ocular pathology, age, sex, and reading ability in new referrals to a low vision clinic. Reading ability was assessed both with the patients' own spectacles and with an appropriate low vision aid. RESULTS The reading performance and biographical characteristics of new referrals to a low vision clinic were recorded. Data were collected for 168 people over a 6 month period. Upon arrival at the clinic the mean functional visual acuity equated to 6/36 and 77% of patients were unable to read newsprint (N8). After a low vision assessment and provision of a suitable low vision aid 88% of new patients were able to read N8 or smaller text. CONCLUSIONS The degree of visual impairment observed in new referrals to a low vision clinic is sufficient to prevent the majority from performing many daily tasks. Low vision aids are an effective means of providing visual rehabilitation, helping almost nine out of 10 patients with impaired vision to read.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-1161
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45245

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