Electronic display devices hold the potential to improve access to written material by people with low vision. For those with central field loss, the optimal form of electronic text presentation may vary according to the location of the preferred retinal locus, but this has never been investigated. In this study, we examined the relationship between preferred retinal locus location and reading rate for four electronic display formats (rapid serial visual presentation, horizontal scroll, vertical scroll, and page).
Short sentences were presented in each format to 35 low-vision (most with central field loss) and 14 age-matched control subjects. Subjects read aloud to determine maximum oral reading rate and read silently to determine preferred silent reading rate.