Vision and visual acuity in an elderly population

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1988;8(4):390-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.1988.tb01174.x.


The data for this paper were collected during a two-year study of the elderly in the market town of Melton Mowbray. The data show that typically, persons aged 75 years and older have poor uncorrected vision (6/36 Snellen acuity), but good corrected acuity, 73.8 per cent gaining 6/12 binocular Snellen acuity or better. Over 88 per cent were able to read N8 typesize or better, under test conditions. Those with low uncorrected vision were the most likely to possess spectacles.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • England
  • Eyeglasses
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lighting
  • Male
  • Refractive Errors / therapy
  • Vision Screening*
  • Vision, Binocular*
  • Visual Acuity*