iPad and Kindle found useful for people with vision loss


ipad-and-kindle-found-useful-with people with vision lossTechnology has again be at fore-front, according to a recent study report presented at 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology on November 11, it has been revealed that people who have eye disease which has damaged their central vision can now recapture their skill of reading quickly and with comfort with the assistance of digital tablets which have been introduced of late.

Through this research, it has been established that people who have a moderate vision loss can increase their reading speed by at least 15 words-per-minute. During the study patients with their visual acuity used tablets which had a back-lit screen which helped them read faster.

There are uncountable reasons regarding the vision loss in one way or the other like people having a condition of diabetes encounter a central vision loss like diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, which damages the light-sensitive cells of the eye’s retina.

When all the visual aids like eye-glasses, medications or surgery fails, ophthalmologists often help patients to utilize and maximize the remaining vision by way of using low-vision aids. Before the coming of digital tablets people had been introduced with inconvenient and cumbersome lighted magnifiers.

During the course of study 100 participants at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey gained around 42 words-per-minute (WPM) when they used iPad tablet on the 18-point font setting, as compared to reading a print edition or a book. The participants also got a modest gain of 12 WPM when they used Kindle tablet again on 18-point font. Even patients with their poorest vision of 20/40 or worse were reported showed improvement in their reading speed on digital tablets.

However, according to researchers all this became possible due to the illuminated screen of the iPad through which patients with moderate vision loss were able to see objects. A majority of people with low vision experience loss of contrast but in digital tablets, by adjusting a mere contrast low vision people can easily see naturally. As far as Kindle is concerned during the study the original kindle was used which did not contain a back-lit screen. According to Daniel Roth, M.D., an associate clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, “reading has been a simple pleasure which is often taken for granted until people experience loss of vision. The findings in the study show that low cast digital tablets have been found useful in improving the vision of the people thus are able to reconnect these people with the larger world.

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