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Reading
Feb 26, 2011
A new study finds that fixation behavior in persons with macular disease is not the same for fixating a point target and for fixating words in a reading task. Persons with central scotomas frequently use a preferred retinal locus (PRL) in place of the damaged fovea to fixate a target. Here the authors use a novel statistical technique to...

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Reading
Feb 18, 2010
Older adults experience some benefit, but less than young adults, from training to use their peripheral vision to read text, according to a new study. Enhancing reading ability in peripheral vision is important for the rehabilitation of people with central-visual-field loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Previous research has...

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Books
Jan 20, 2010
Line spacing does not have a very large effect on reading speed of persons with central scotomas, according to a new reseach report. It has been suggested that crowding, the adverse low-level effect due to the proximity of adjacent stimuli, explains slow reading in low-vision patients with absolute macular scotomas. According to this...

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Reading
Oct 17, 2009
Because age-related macular degeneration (AMD) frequently causes scotomas in central vision, afflicted patients must rely on their peripheral vision to read, making reading slow and difficult. Reading difficulty is the most common complaint in low vision clinics. Thus, developing suitable low-vision rehabilitation to enhance reading is vital for...

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Reading
Oct 16, 2009
Reading performance improved after eccentric viewing training according to a new study. Central visual loss caused by conditions such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in most developed countries. Eccentric viewing training aims to teach patients how to utilise those non-central (eccentric) parts of...

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Reading to the blind
Aug 16, 2009
A prospective study of near visual acuity, reading speed, central visual field and related quality of life measures in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with Lucentis finds significant improvements is all measures of vision function and quality of life investigated. The study was a prospective, non-comparative...

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AMD produces a blind spot in the center of your vision
Dec 17, 2008
Researchers report that they have developed a simple clinical technique to record fixation patterns in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) adding fixation targets in the illumination pathway of a standard slit lamp. Clinical and research information has made vision rehabilitation clinicians increasingly aware of the importance...

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Low vision services
Sep 8, 2008
Researchers have found that increased line spacing does not improving reading performance in persons with AMD. It has been suspected that crowding, the adverse spatial interaction due to the proximity of adjacent targets, may explanation slow reading speeds my persons using their peripheral vision, as happens when the central vision is damaged...

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Gerald and Betty Minchinton
Jul 7, 2008
When people start losing their sight they sometimes feel like giving up, but Betty and Gerald Minchinton have a message of inspiration. Mrs Minchinton, 87, and her 77-year-old husband have for the past four years travelled all over the Auckland region - to locations as diverse as Waiheke Island and Paremoremo Prison - delivering "talking book"...

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Reading with PRL located to the right of fixation. Red disk: central scotoma; letter string: text line; dotted circle: PRL; straight line: required eye movement in text direction
May 20, 2008
According to a research paper that appears in the current edition of the Journal of Vision, patients with recent onset macular degeneration read best when they place their central scotoma to the left of the words they are trying to read. Under normal viewing conditions, we continuously scan our environment with eye movements, bringing important...

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