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A TABLET INCREASES READING SPEED

People with “low vision” must rely on magnifiers and a variety of other vision aids  in order to make the most of their remaining vision. Moderate vision loss that does not lend itself to further correction with surgery, medication, or corrective lenses may result from eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which damage the light-sensitive cells of the retina. As a result, central vision becomes fuzzy, which makes reading difficult. Interestingly, recent research shows that the backlit screens available on certain digital tablet readers help low-vision individuals read more quickly compared with reading printed paper pages. The backlight seems to help low-vision readers overcome their loss of contrast sensitivity and see print more distinctly. Reading books, newspapers, and magazines on computer tablets is becoming more popular. People with low vision find the type on backlit screens easier to read than type on paper. Whether or not you experience vision problems, it is important to have routine eye exams because the symptoms of many vision diseases can go unnoticed. Patients with the poorest vision, defined as 20/40 or worse in both eyes, showed the most improvement in speed when reading with an iPad or Kindle (compared with print).