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Visual aspects of reading performance in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Discussion in 'BioMedical ME/CFS News' started by MeSci, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I wasn't sure where to put this as it was in a Psychology magazine but it looked more scientific than that.

    Source: Frontiers in Psychology

    Preprint

    Date: July 26, 2018

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    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01468/abstract

    Visual aspects of reading performance in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
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    Rachel Wilson, Kevin B. Paterson, Victoria A. McGowan, Claire Hutchinson(*)
    - University of Leicester, United Kingdom

    * Corresponding author

    Received: 28 Nov 2017
    Accepted: 26 Jul 2018

    Abstract

    People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) report vision-related reading difficulty, although this has not been demonstrated objectively. Accordingly, we assessed reading speed and acuity, including crowded acuity and acuity for isolated words using standardised tests of reading and vision, in 27 ME/CFS patients and matched controls. We found that the ME/CFS group exhibited slower maximum reading speed, and had poorer crowded acuity than controls.

    Moreover, crowded acuity was significantly associated with maximum reading speed, indicating that patients who were more susceptible to visual crowding read more slowly. These findings suggest vision-related reading difficulty belongs to a class of measureable symptoms for ME/CFS patients.

    Keywords: Myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Reading Speed, Reading acuity, Visual Acuity, crowded acuity
     
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    Thanks for posting, I wonder if all the visual problems that are being found in ME, if replicable, could together be used as diagnostic?

    And I wonder what is the cause of all these visual problems? Brain problems and if so specifically what?
     
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    If anyone knows of any pages with visuals describing what is tested, I'd be interested in looking at it.
     
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    [​IMG]
    FIGURE 1. Box and whisker plots showing minimum, 1st quartile, median, 3rd quartile and maximum reading performance (words per minute: wpm) for patients and controls as determined by (A) MN Read Acuity Chart maximum reading speed, (B) Radner Rate of Reading Chart maximum reading speed, and (C) Radner Rate of Reading Chart average reading speed. Note different y-axis scales on each plot. After correction for multiple comparisons (three measures of reading performance), the alpha level required for a statistically significant difference between groups was p < 0.017.
     
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    The results section is quite short so I thought I might as well post it all

     
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    I was disappointed that they didn't make any suggestions on what might have patients or at least what should be avoided.

    They mentioned nobody had dyslexia which makes me wonder whether any management tips for dyslexia might value?
     
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