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Project Magnify - A Comparison of Two Strategies to Improve Reading Ability

This study has been completed.
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
Information provided by:
Medical University of South Carolina Identifier:
First received: August 17, 2006
Last updated: October 2, 2007
Last verified: July 2006
The purpose of Project Magnify is to determine which of the two current strategies (large print versus optical aids) for helping visually impaired students improve their reading abilities works better. Our hypothesis is that optical aids work better than providing the student with large print materials. Since large print materials are of one size only, and the level of visual impairments among students varies greatly, it seems apparent that large print materials will work well for some students, but not for all. An optical aid designed for each individual student's level of impairment seems to hold more promise in helping each student reach their maximum level of performance. Although Project Magnify is designed to increase reading abilities, it is expected that students will also develop greater independence and confidence in home and community activities that require the use of vision.

Condition Intervention Phase
Vision, Low
Device: Optical Aids
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Project Magnify - A Comparison of Two Strategies (Large Print Versus Optical Aids) for Helping Visually Impaired Students Improve Reading Abilities

Further study details as provided by Medical University of South Carolina:

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: May 2005
Study Completion Date: July 2007
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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • visually impaired with a permanent reduction of visual acuity in both eyes equal to or less than 20/70
  • enrolled in one of the South Carolina school districts served by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) outreach Teachers of the Visually Impaired (VI)
  • previously taught using large print materials without optical aids, or magnifiers
  • 5 to 17 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00366392

United States, South Carolina
Feldberg Center for Vision Rehabilitation, Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29425
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of South Carolina
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
Principal Investigator: Stephen Morse, MD Medical University of South Carolina
  More Information Identifier: NCT00366392     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SEI-05-001
Study First Received: August 17, 2006
Last Updated: October 2, 2007

Keywords provided by Medical University of South Carolina:
Low Vision
Optical Aids

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vision, Low
Vision Disorders
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Eye Diseases
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