Follow-up survey of magnified reading aid utilizing closed-circuit television

Shiho Kunimatsu, Satoshi Kato, Izumi Sumi, Manko Kitazawa, Megumi Tamura, Asuka Mishima, Makiko Ochiai, Makoto Araie

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Purpose: To know how a closed-circuit television is utilized as magnified reading aid by visually handicapped persons. Methods: Magnified reading aid was purchased by 29 persons out of a series of 92 patients seen at our low-vision clinic during the past 16 months. They were interviewed over the telephone. Results: Twenty-eight persons responded to the questionnaire. The reading aid was actually used by 24 persons (86%). They comprised 17 males and 7 females. Their ages ranged from 42 to 92 years, average 69 years. The visual acuity in the dominant eye ranged from 0.02 to 0.5. Twenty persons (84%) preferred color function to monochromatic one. Visual impairment was due to macular degeneration (29%), diabetic retinopathy (21%), glaucoma (21%) and others. Conclusion: Reading aid utilizing closed-circuit television improves the quality of life of visually handicapped persons. Follow-up assistance is keenly needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1671
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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