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Can smartphones help people to read?


University Ethics Committee Reference number: 2017-1922-3117


Researchers in Optometry at the University of Manchester are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study to investigate devices to help people who are visually impaired to read.


We are seeking volunteers with good vision who will wear special lenses to simulate mild and severe visual impairment, and will read short samples of text using a smartphone with a specially-designed app, and with an electronic video magnifier.


The study requires you to attend a single session (75-90 minutes) in the Carys Bannister Building at the University of Manchester and your reading speed will be measured whilst you read out loud.


We are seeking participants who are aged under 35 years old or over 60 years old, who can read English fluently, do not have dyslexia, and have good vision in both eyes (using spectacles or contact lenses if necessary).


Participants who complete the study will receive compensation for their time.



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