Journal article

Developing a Very Low Vision Orientation and Mobility Test Battery (O&M-VLV)

Robert P Finger, Lauren N Ayton, Lil Deverell, Fleur O'Hare, Shane C McSweeney, Chi D Luu, Eva K Fenwick, Jill E Keeffe, Robyn H Guymer, Sharon A Bentley



PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the feasibility of an assessment of vision-related orientation and mobility (O&M) tasks in persons with severe vision loss. These tasks may be used for future low vision rehabilitation clinical assessments or as outcome measures in vision restoration trials. METHODS: Forty legally blind persons (mean visual acuity logMAR 2.3, or hand movements) with advanced retinitis pigmentosa participated in the Orientation & Mobility-Very Low Vision (O&M-VLV) subtests from the Low Vision Assessment of Daily Activities (LoVADA) protocol. Four categories of tasks were evaluated: route travel in three indoor hospital environments, a room orientation task (the "cafe"), ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Award

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through its Special Research Initiative (SRI) in Bionic Vision Science and Technology grant to Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a Retina Australia Research Grant to LNA and SAB, and the Mankiewicz-Zelkin Fellowship of the University of Melbourne to RPF. EKF is the recipient of an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (1072987). CERA receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government and is supported by NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Award 529923.