I have long been interested in and have studied the value of non-standard vision measures (i.e. measures other than high contrast acuity) as predictors of performance on important tasks of daily life, indicators of retinal status, and predictors of disease progression. I am particularly interested in assessing deficits in task performance in people with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
The purpose of this research study is to test subjects who have various hearing and vision problems on their lipreading, visual and auditory skills in order to understand the relationships between lipreading and visual impairment. We then can explore training strategies to improve auditory and visual communication.
Most prior research on reading in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has focused on those with advanced disease. The first goal of this project is to examine the visual, motor, and cognitive factors that contribute to reading performance in people with early to intermediate(E/I) AMD. A second goal is to compare those with E/I AMD to age-matched groups with no AMD, and with advanced disease to determine which characteristics of the E/I AMD participants more closely match those with advanced AMD. The final goal is to assess our E/I AMD participants longitudinally to determine…