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Design considerations for the ideal low vision aid: insights from de-brief interviews following a real-world recording study

Golubova, E; Starke, SD; Crossland, MD; Wolffsohn, JS; (2021) Design considerations for the ideal low vision aid: insights from de-brief interviews following a real-world recording study. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics , 41 (2) pp. 266-280. 10.1111/opo.12778. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Low Vision Aids (LVAs) can have a transformative impact on people living with sight loss, yet the everyday requirements for developing such devices remain poorly understood and defined. This study systematically explored LVA requirements through a structured de-brief interview following a real-world self-recording study. The purpose of this work was to define the actual needs of those living with sight loss so that low vision services can better address them in future. METHODS: Thirty-two visually impaired volunteers with varying levels of previous LVA experience participated in a de-brief interview centred around a structured questionnaire. The de-brief followed a one-week real-world study during which participants used recoding spectacles to capture and narrate all situations in which they would use a ‘perfect sight aid’. Content and thematic analyses were used to analyse interviews which had the purpose of contextualising these recordings and exploring requirements around psychological, functional and design factors. CONCLUSIONS: There is a substantial opportunity for new LVAs to address visual needs that traditional devices and coping strategies cannot support. Functional, psychological and design factors require careful consideration for future LVAs to be relevant and widely adopted.

Type: Article
Title: Design considerations for the ideal low vision aid: insights from de-brief interviews following a real-world recording study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/opo.12778
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/opo.12778
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of College of Optometrists. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138453
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