Comparison of the effect of enlarged print VS a Hand Held Visolett Magnifier on reading performance in fully sighted hildren.

Naomi Roediger, Susan Silveira

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Abstract

Introduction: The aim of this project was to determine if reading performance in terms of reading speed, accuracy and comprehension was affected by use of two low vision aids (LVA) a Hand-Held Visolett Magnifier (HHVM) and enlarged print. Method: Data was collected from 21 students in year 4, all fully sighted. Their reading performance was assessed whilst reading with a HHVM, with enlarged print and without a LVA. Reading performance was assessed using the Ekwall and Shanker Reading Inventory, which included a measurement of reading speed, accuracy and comprehension. Results: Students gained maximum reading speed and accuracy with the enlarged print and without a LVA. Reading with the HHVM caused a reduction in reading speed and accuracy, however there was no difference in the comprehension scores between the three conditions. Discussion: The enlarged print allowed the students to demonstrate a higher level of reading speed and accuracy when compared to reading with the HHVM, primarily due to the influence of the device and the student's inexperience as opposed to a reduction in the reading performance. This influence may be minimised with a period of training and adaptation to the HHVM. Reading comprehension was not affected when either the HHVM or enlarged print was used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Orthoptic Journal
Volume39
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • low vision aids
  • reading performance

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