Reading rate of low vision children using optical devices: A pilot study

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title Reading rate of low vision children using optical devices: A pilot study
Creator Nirghin, Urvashni
Subject Optometry; Health Science vision; impairment; reading; rate; low vision; optical; devices.
Description Background: Visual impairment in children negatively impacts their learning ability compared with their normally sighted peers and the use of optical devices may in turn assist the learner in their educational pursuit.Aim: To determine the reading rate of children with low vision, with and without the use of optical devices.Setting: The study was conducted at an eye clinic in KwaZulu-Natal.Method: A pilot study was conducted on 15 children with low vision, aged between 6 years and 19 years (mean = 13.86 ± 3.34 years). Reading rate was assessed at near, using the English Paediatric Rate of Reading Test, and evaluated with and without the use of optical devices.Results: The mean reading rates were 59.32 word per minute (wpm) ± 24.08 wpm and 67.04 wpm ± 25.63 wpm without and with the optical device, respectively (p = 0.087).Conclusion: While this was a pilot study having implications on statistical significance, the results indicated an improvement in reading rate with optical devices compared with without.Contribution: Vision is integral for the efficient performance of daily tasks. Improved reading performance relates to a happier child despite their visual limitations, hence managing low vision effectively impacts scholarly progression as well as quality of life including physical, mental and social well-being of the child.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal
Date 2023-10-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v82i1.854
Source African Vision and Eye Health; Vol 82, No 1 (2023); 5 pages 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2009 -2013 6 to 19years old; All races; children with low vision
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Urvashni Nirghin