Why Reading Is Harder For Aging Eyes

    They added that their findings could lead to new ways to combat reading problems in seniors.

    “The findings showed that the difficulty older readers often experience is likely to be related to a progressive decline in visual sensitivity, particularly for visual detail, due to optical changes and changes in neural transmission even in individuals with apparently normal vision,” study author Kevin Paterson said in a university news release.

    “However, the findings also showed that older readers comprehended text just as accurately as younger readers,” he added. “Consequently, although normal aging clearly leads to important changes in reading behavior, it seems that adaptive responses to the changing nature of the visual input may help older adults to read and understand text efficiently well into later life.”

     

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