Low vision telerehabilitation effective

May 15, 2023 Staff reporters

Results of pilot study supported the efficacy of telerehabilitation to enhance low-vision adults’ reading ability as an alternative to in-office care. 


In the multicentre US study, 14 low-vision adults with a newly prescribed magnification device had two home training sessions, with their rehabilitation provider coaching them via Zoom. Researchers reported subjects’ mean reading acuity with the magnifier was 0.17 logMAR before training, which significantly improved to 0.09 on average at the start of the second telerehabilitation session a few weeks later. Over the same interval, reading speed also improved significantly by 0.18 log words per minute, they said.  


The study was published in Optometry and Vision Science.