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Prescribing near magnification for low vision patients

By Jan E. Lovie-Kitchin and Stephen G. Whittaker


Most patients with low vision request help with reading. Despite improvements in the assessment of visual functions, determining the appropriate magnification for reading still often involves a trial and error approach. Recent research has shown that with accurate and systematic assessments of vision, the required magnification can be predicted but this magnification needs to be much higher than has been previously recommended. This paper presents a systematic approach to enable practitioners to determine the power of a near addition or simple magnifier needed to assist patients with mild or moderate low vision who may present seeking help for reading. Guidelines for appropriate referral to low vision services are also provided

Topics: 111300 OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY, low vision, macular degeneration, ' magnification, reading
Publisher: Optometrists Association Australia
Year: 1999
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