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Optom Vis Sci. 2001 May;78(5):290-6.

Low-vision patients with age-related maculopathy read RSVP faster when word duration varies according to word length.

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SUNY College of Optometry, New York, New York 10036, USA.


Normally sighted younger and elder subjects as well as subjects with central visual field loss (CFL) from age-related maculopathy read rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) text with words presented at a constant rate and at three different rates where word presentation duration varied according to word length. The elder subjects reading sentences foveally read fastest when word duration was constant. The younger group reading random words peripherally read faster at a variable word duration rate. The subjects with CFL read sentences an average of 33% faster when the presentation rate varied with word length. There was a trend for slow readers with CFL to benefit more than fast readers with CFL. We conclude that varying word duration based on word length in rapid serial visual presentation reading would improve reading rates for low-vision patients with CFL.

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