Date of Award

5-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Hannu Laukkanen

Abstract

In this study the investigators set out to determine if increases in reading oculomotor efficiency could be obtained using a computerized, home-based training program in a non reading-disabled, adult population. Oculomotor efficiency improvement was determined to be an increase in reading with comprehension rate, and a decrease in number of fixations and regressions. The study population consisted of 94 subjects, most of which were optometry students. Fifty-three of the original 94 subjects were able to comply with the study protocol and produced qualifying data to be used in the statistical analysis. The investigators wished to determine whether the Reading plusTM program would be beneficial to those adults who exhibited inefficient reading eye movements, as well as those with average or above-average oculomotor skills. It was also hypothesized that in a 10-week training program, those who trained four times per week (4X) would achieve greater levels of improvement compared to the subjects who trained two times per week (2X). This study demonstrated that reading eye movement efficiency could be improved in individuals regardless of their initial reading efficiency level. Both 2X and 4X showed marked improvement in the three measures of reading efficiency, with 4X producing a larger improvement effect compared to 2X.

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