Authors
LOTT, LORI A. PhD; SCHNECK, MARILYN E. PhD; HAEGERSTRÖM-PORTNOY, GUNILLA OD, PhD, FAAO; BRABYN, JOHN A. PhD; GILDENGORIN, GINNY L. PhD; WEST, and CATHERINE G. MD

Reading Performance in Older Adults with Good Acuity

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Abstract/Introduction

Purpose

This study evaluated factors affecting reading performance in a sample (N = 544) of older adults (mean age 72.8 years, range 58 to 102) with good high-contrast acuity (≥20/32).

 

Methods

Using the Pepper Reading Test, the relationship between reading rate and several vision measures was assessed.


Conclusion/Results

Results

Mean corrected reading rate fell substantially over the age range tested despite the fact that these individuals all had good acuity. However, multiple regression analysis indicated that when other measures were taken into account (most notably, low-contrast vision, motor ability, and attentional field integrity), age was not a significant independent predictor of corrected reading rate.

 

Conclusion

Reading is an important skill, and ways of enhancing reading performance should be explored. Good high-contrast acuity does not assure that older individuals can read satisfactorily.


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My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


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