Rehabilitation of reading in older individuals with macular degeneration: a review of effective training programs.

Research paper by Judith J Pijnacker, Peter P Verstraten, Wim W van Damme, Jo J Vandermeulen, Bert B Steenbergen

Indexed on: 14 Oct '11Published on: 14 Oct '11Published in: Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition


Macular degeneration (MD) is the most common cause of visual impairment among older adults. It severely affects reading performance. People with MD have to rely on peripheral vision for reading. In this review, we considered several training programs that aim to improve peripheral reading, with a focus on eccentric viewing, oculomotor control, or perceptual learning. There was no strong support in favor of one particular training method for rehabilitation of reading in MD, but there is evidence that older individuals with MD can be trained to improve reading performance, even within limited time.