The influence of corrected visual acuity on visual attention and incidental learning in patients with multiple sclerosis

Andrew S. Davis, Jeremy Brandon Hertza, Ronald N. Williams, Ajay S. Gupta, Johann G. Ohly

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Abstract

Visual disturbance is one of the hallmarks of multiple sclerosis (MS), yet clinical neuropsychologists rarely quantitatively assess visual acuity using standardized and norm-referenced measures. This is a significant oversight because disturbances in visual acuity can have an obvious and profound impact on neuropsychological tests which rely upon visual attention and/or scanning. This study investigated the relationship between corrected visual acuity and a widely used measure of visual attention and incidental learning in a group of 35 patients with MS. Regression analysis indicated that corrected visual acuity accounted for 21.3% of the variance in a Coding subtest. The results suggest neuropsychologists and other health care providers should exercise caution in interpreting visually based tests for patients with MS and should assess visual acuity with standardized and norm-referenced measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Visual acuity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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The influence of corrected visual acuity on visual attention and incidental learning in patients with multiple sclerosis. / Davis, Andrew S.; Hertza, Jeremy Brandon; Williams, Ronald N.; Gupta, Ajay S.; Ohly, Johann G.

In: Applied Neuropsychology, Vol. 16, No. 3, 01.07.2009, p. 165-168.

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Davis, Andrew S. ; Hertza, Jeremy Brandon ; Williams, Ronald N. ; Gupta, Ajay S. ; Ohly, Johann G. / The influence of corrected visual acuity on visual attention and incidental learning in patients with multiple sclerosis. In: Applied Neuropsychology. 2009 ; Vol. 16, No. 3. pp. 165-168.
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