Journal article

The practical near acuity chart (PNAC) and prediction of visual ability at near

JS Wolffsohn, AL Cochrane

OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2000

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To improve on present reading chart designs, providing a quick and accurate method to measure the near acuity threshold, of particular importance with low vision patients. DESIGN: The Practical Near Acuity Chart (PNAC) uses a single paragraph with 3 simple related words on each line (12 lower case letters). The line print size decreases in a logMAR progression (N80-N5). METHODS: The time taken to measure near acuity of 53 subjects aged 9-91 years with the PNAC and Bailey-Lovie near chart was recorded and compared to their distance acuity (Bailey-Lovie chart), contrast sensitivity (Melbourne Edge Test) and ability to read extracts of newsprint. RESULTS: There was no difference in n..

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