On the use of hand-held magnifiers during reading

J.J. Neve

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    Little is known about the actual use of magnifiers (or loupes) during reading. In studying the influence of the use of magnifiers on the reading process the reading field is a relevant factor. Four reading fields are distinguished: three horizontal reading fields and the vertical reading field. We examined the influence of a variation in the widths of these fields on the reading behavior of subjects. This was done by measuring two-dimensional loupe movements while subjects read text under conditions that provided a variety of reading field widths. It was found that individual subjects use different reading- field widths depending on loupe dimensions. Most difficulties in reading with a magnifier, especially finding the beginning of a new line, appear to result from the need to move the loupes horizontally in order to read the complete line of text.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)440-449
    Number of pages10
    JournalOptometry and Vision Science
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 1989


    • Loupe movements
    • Low vision
    • Magnifiers
    • Reading fields
    • Reading rates


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