Visual demands of modern primary classrooms and the impact of refractive anomalies on academic performance

Narayanasamy, Sumithira (2015) Visual demands of modern primary classrooms and the impact of refractive anomalies on academic performance. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research investigated the visual demands in modern primary school classrooms and also the impact of common refractive anomalies on a child's ability to perform academic-related tasks. The results showed that relatively high levels of visual acuity, contrast demand and sustained accommodative-convergence are required to perform optimally in the modern classroom environment. It was also demonstrated that relatively low magnitudes of uncorrected refractive error may have a detrimental impact on children's ability to perform academic-related activities at school, with sustained near work further exacerbating this effect. These findings have important implications for both eye care practitioners and education authorities.

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ID Code: 84876
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Wood, Joanne, Vincent, Stephen, & Sampson, Geoff
Keywords: Academic-related performance, visual demands, children, simulation, hyperopia, hyperopic anisometropia, astigmatism, modern classrooms
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2015 07:10
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 07:13

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