Assessment of Visual Acuity Via a Telephone Interview

Ronald Deicas, Debra A. Street, Jonathan C. Javitt

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We compared the visual acuity of 89 patients obtained via a telephone interview with visual acuity elicited from the same patients in an ophthalmologist's office. Agreement within one line of vision between the telephone interview, in which patients used a modified Rosenbaum near card with attached patch, and the clinic near vision test was observed in 91% of eyes, while agreement within one line of vision between the telephone interview and clinic distance vision test was found in 86% of eyes. We conclude that testing visual acuity via a telephone interview is a potentially useful approach to assessment of visual acuity and prevalence of visual impairment in the larger population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1282
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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