Can students with low vision maintain sustained reading rates?
Bevan, Jennifer D., Barltrop, Glenn, Evans, Tyra, Deece, Bradley, Kolstad, Kris, & Carkeet, Andrew D. (2009) Can students with low vision maintain sustained reading rates? In Proceedings of 12th Scientific Meeting in Optometry, Optometrists Association Australia, University of Auckland, Auckland.
Purpose: Students with low vision may be disadvantaged when
compared with their normally sighted peers, as they frequently
work at very short working distances and need to use low vision
devices. The aim of this study was to examine the sustained
reading rates of students with low vision and compare them with
their peers with normal vision. The effects of visual acuity, acuity
reserve and age on reading rate were also examined.
Method: Fifty-six students (10 to 16 years of age), 26 with low
vision and 30 with normal vision were required to read text continuously
for 30 minutes. Their position in the text was recorded
at two-minute intervals. Distance and near visual acuity, working
distance, cause of low vision, reading rates and reading habits
Results: A total of 80.7 per cent of the students with low vision
maintained a constant reading rate during the 30 minutes of
reading, although they read at approximately half the rate
(104 wpm) compared with their normally sighted peers
(195 wpm). Only four of the low vision subjects could not complete
the reading task. Reading rates increased significantly with
acuity reserve and distance and near visual acuity but there was no
significant relationship between age and sustained reading rate.
Conclusions: The majority of students with low vision were able to
maintain appropriate reading rates to cope in integrated educational
settings. Surprisingly only relatively few subjects (16 per
cent) used their prescribed low vision devices even though the
average accommodative demand was 9 D and generally, they
revealed a greater dislike of reading compared to students with
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||The abstract of this paper was published in "Clinical and Experimental Optometry", Vol. 92, no. 1, pp.51-69. [please see DOI].|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
|Deposited On:||24 Mar 2010 08:17|
|Last Modified:||22 Apr 2010 02:58|
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