Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Help for Glaucoma Patients with iPad, Kindle & Nook

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the Optic Nerve and can result in a loss of contrast sensitivity and thus quality of vision as well a loss peripheral vision and size of the visual field along with relative blind spots in the visual field. As result, adults with glaucoma read slower when reading silently for long periods of time and are more likely to have their reading speed decrease over time, possibly as a result of reading fatigue. According to a recent study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science patients with glaucoma may benefit from using e-readers such as iPads, Nooks and Kindle devices as these devices offer enhancements to contrast, font size and background illumination. This study suggests that the   technological solutions such as e-readers along with the apps that are developed for them may very well help glaucoma patients read more comfortably.

If you or someone you know has a question how reading with glaucoma might be improved and made more comfortable with the use of e-readers such as iPads, Nooks & Kindles, please feel free to call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 522 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.