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An iPad app as a low-vision aid for people with macular disease
  1. Robin Walker
  1. Correspondence to Professor Robin Walker, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK; robin.walker{at}, www:

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the single most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50.1 Individuals with low vision caused by macular disease, experience severe difficulty with everyday tasks such as reading2 which has profound detrimental consequences for their quality of life.3 We have developed an app for the iPad (the MD_evReader) that aims to improve reading by enhancing the effectiveness of the eccentric viewing technique (EV) using dynamic text presentation (figure 1A). Eccentric viewing is a simple strategy adopted by individuals with AMD that involves using the relatively preserved peripheral region of their retina in order to see. A limiting factor of the EV technique is that it relies on the individual holding their gaze away from the focus of interest and suppressing the …

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  • Ethics approval RHUL Dept Psychology LEC.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.