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.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Optometry and Vision Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
- Loupe movements
- Low vision
- Reading fields
- Reading rates