Michelle Braddock, Executive Vice President
You’ve probably heard stories about how certain behaviors affect your eyes, but a lot of what you’ve heard is probably a myth. As a follow-up to my February blog on the value of vision plans, I’d like to provide you with some interesting facts and perspectives when it comes to vision myths.
iPad or Kindle
According to a recent study conducted at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, your iPad or Kindle can help you regain vision loss and increase reading speed. The study revealed that participants with moderate vision loss of the central vision due to eye disease saw an increase in reading speed of an average of 15 words per minute. Moderate visual impairment is considered 20/70 to 20/160, compared to 20/20, which is considered perfect vision.
Set at an 18 point font, both the iPad and Kindle proved to increase reading speed, compared to a printed book or newspaper in those with moderate vision loss. However, the iPad resulted in a gain of 42 words per minute vs. the Kindle, with an increase in reading speed of 12 wpm. Researchers believe that the back illuminated screen of the iPad offers a sharper contrast between the words and the space around them, providing greater comfort and clarity to those who experience complications while reading. The original Kindle used in the study did not have a back-lit screen. It’s important to mention that those with perfect vision preferred to read off printed materials over digital tablets.
Other interesting facts
Don’t take your sight for granted. An annual eye exam and an understanding of the facts will help to protect your sight for life.