Assessment of visual acuity in children using crowded Lea symbol charts

Sailoganathan, Ananth and Rou, Leong Xin and Buja, Kenny and Siderov, John (2018) Assessment of visual acuity in children using crowded Lea symbol charts. Optometry and Vision Science, 95 (8). pp. 643-647. ISSN 1538-9235

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare habitual visual acuity in a sample of young children using two versions of the single Lea symbols charts with different crowding features. Methods: Monocular habitual visual acuity was measured in a sample of 77 young children aged between 4 and 6 years using crowded Lea Symbols charts with either flanking bars separated from the central symbol by 0.5 optotype width or flanking Lea optotypes separated from the central symbol by 1.0 optotype width. Results: Mean visual acuity was higher (i.e. lower logMAR) with the Lea symbols crowded using flanking optotypes, equivalent to about 1.5 optotype difference. Visual acuity measured with the 2 charts was significantly correlated; however, the 95% limits of agreement were larger than expected from repeatability studies using Lea symbols. Conclusions. Lea symbols with flanking optotypes resulted in higher visual acuity than the Lea symbols with flanking bars, probably as a result of differences in the crowding effect. The two charts showed insufficient agreement and we do not recommend their use interchangeably. We recommend using the Lea symbols with flanking bars because of the closer flanker-target separation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Lea symbols, crowding, contour interaction, visual acuity
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Prof John Siderov
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 14:35
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703135

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