Prescribing near magnification for low vision patients

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E. & Whittaker, Stephen G. (1999) Prescribing near magnification for low vision patients. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 82(6), pp. 214-224.


Most patients with low vision request help with reading. Despite improvements in the assessment of visual functions, determining the appropriate magnification for reading still often involves a trial and error approach. Recent research has shown that with accurate and systematic assessments of vision, the required magnification can be predicted but this magnification needs to be much higher than has been previously recommended. This paper presents a systematic approach to enable practitioners to determine the power of a near addition or simple magnifier needed to assist patients with mild or moderate low vision who may present seeking help for reading. Guidelines for appropriate referral to low vision services are also provided.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

3,199 since deposited on 01 Dec 2006
188 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 1653
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
Keywords: low vision, macular degeneration, magnification, reading
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Optometrists Association Australia
Copyright Statement: Issues published between 1998-2005 are available free online - use hypertext links above.
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page