Effects of yellow filters on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and reading under conditions of forward light scatter

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Background
Yellow filters are sometimes recommended to people with low vision. Our aim was investigate the effects of three commercial yellow filters on visual acuity and contrast sensitivity (with and without glare) and reading (without glare) under conditions of forward light scatter (FLS).
Method
Fifty-five healthy subjects were assessed with Corning Photochromic Filters (CPFs) 450, 511 and 527 and a filter producing FLS. The effects on log MAR visual acuity, Pelli–Robson contrast sensitivity with and without glare, and reading (measured with MNRead charts) without glare were determined.
Results
Statistically significant differences were found between the overall effect of glare and between CPFs for visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. A gradual decline in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and reading with increasing CPF absorption was noted.
Conclusion
Effects of CPF450, 511, 527 on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and reading under conditions of FLS were negative but not clinically significant.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-714
Number of pages6
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume249
Issue5
Early online date25 Aug 2010
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StatePublished - May 2011

    Keywords

  • adolescent, adult, contrast sensitivity, eyeglasses, female, glare, humans, light, male, reading, radiation scattering, low vision, visual acuity, young adult

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