Digital tablets shown to boost reading for those with vision loss

Digital tablets shown to boost reading for those with vision loss

Digital tablets enable individuals with moderate vision loss to be able to read better, a new study conducted in the US has found.

Research presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, found people who have eye diseases that cause damage to their central vision can regain the ability to read quickly and comfortably by using digital tablets.

The study, which was carried out at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, discovered people read at least 42 words-per-minute faster using an iPad than a printed book.

Dr Daniel Roth, an associate clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine who led of the study, said: "Our findings show that at a relatively low cost, digital tablets can improve the lives of people with vision loss and help them reconnect with the larger world."

Apple's iPad is the most popular digital tablet on the market, with rivals including the Nexus from Google and the Kindle Fire from Amazon.

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