People with Amplyopia more Likely to Be Slow Readers

Two Ph.D. researchers, Eileen Birch and Krista Kelly present their findings to the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Notably, they find that “Even though it usually results in poor vision in just one eye, amblyopia can reduce reading speed in natural, binocular reading by 20%-50% and negatively affect academic performance.” They also say that “slow reading in children with anisometropic amblyopia is associated with fixation instability and increased saccades” which we see in many amblyopic patients whose eyes are still in good alignment.

Dr. Len Press does a great job of summarizing in his VisionHelp blog.