Reading performance with various lamps in age-related macular degeneration

Frank Eperjesi*, C. Maiz-Fernandez, Hannah E. Bartlett

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The purpose of this study was to determine if there was an objective difference in reading between four commonly available lamps, of varying spectral radiance, for 13 subjects with age-related maculopathy (ARM) or non-exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - logMAR visual acuity between 0.04 and 0.68. At a constant illuminance of 2000 lux, there was no interaction between ARM and AMD subgroups and no statistically significant difference between the lamps: standard (clear envelope) incandescent, daylight simulation (blue tint envelope) incandescent, compact fluorescent and halogen incandescent, for any reading outcome measure (threshold print size p = 0.67, critical print size p = 0.74, acuity reserve p = 0.84 and mean reading rate p = 0.78). For lamps typically used in low-vision rehabilitation, a clinically significant effect of spectral radiance on reading for people with ARM or non-exudative AMD is unlikely. © 2007 The College of Optometrists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2007

Bibliographical note

© 2007 The College of Optometrists. Published by Wiley-Blackwell.


  • age-related macular degeneration
  • lighting
  • reading
  • spectral radiance


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