Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity

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September 06, 2000

Editor,
I am a 76-year-old suffering from myopic degeneration (is this ARMD?).I have been operated for cataract on my left eye with no significant improvement. I am strongly convinced that the usual measurement of visual acuity is almost meaningless. The major problem I find in practical life is the lack of adequate sensitivity to contrast. For example, in my bank they print their copy report with a gray ink (for reasons of elegance, I suppose). These are not readable to me, but if I use a scanner copy they become immediately readable. In the seventy years that I have undergone eye tests I do not remember one single time that somebody would care about contrast sensitivity. Is there at least a standard procedure to measure contrast sensitivity about which I could inquire and possibly use to check my progress?
Thank you.

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