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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.

Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 1653
Item Type: Journal Article
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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
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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