The performance of older people on everyday visual tasks

Worrall, Linda, Hickson, Louise, Barnett, Heather, & Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E. (1993) The performance of older people on everyday visual tasks. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 76(4), pp. 127-135.


The participation rates and performance of 100 elderly subjects on everyday visual tasks were investigated. The Everyday Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELNA), which is based on the scenario of going to the doctor and includes 16 real-life tasks, was used to assess performance on reading and writing tasks. More than 50 per cent of the subjects had some difficulty with 10 of the 16 tasks on the ELNA, and 20 per cent of subjects were rated as performing inadequately on the ELNA. Small but significant correlations were found between years of schooling and ELNA score, and examiner's rating of vision, co-ordination and mental ability and ELNA score. Results suggest that a significant proportion of people over the age of 60 have difficulties using everyday printed material. The optometrist should play a larger role within community and wider gerontology teams in assessing everyday visual disability and handicap. In addition, optometrists have an important role in raising community awareness of the visual needs of the elderly.

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ID Code: 5746
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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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 1993 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:38

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