Usage of Accessibility Options for the iPhone and iPad in a Visually Impaired Population

Joshua L. Robinson, Vanessa Braimah Avery, Rob Chun, Gregg Pusateri, Walter M. Jay

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Purpose: The iPad and iPhone have a number of low-vision accessibility features including Siri Voice Assistant, Large Text, Zoom Magnification, Invert Colors, Voice Over, and Speech Selection. We studied their usage within a low-vision population. Methods: Patients were recruited to participate in an IRB-approved survey regarding their usage of the iPad and/or iPhone. Participants met one of the following criteria: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 20/60 or worse, or significant peripheral visual field defects. Results: Thirty-three low-vision patients agreed to participate (mean age 54.3 years). There were 18 different diagnoses represented and the average visual acuity of respondents was 20/119 in the right eye and 20/133 in the left eye. The most commonly used vision accessibility features were Zoom Magnification and Large Text. Conclusions: Although many patients are using the low-vision accessibility features, few are receiving training or recommendations from their eye care specialist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Accessibility features
  • activities of daily living
  • low vision rehabilitation
  • smartphones
  • tablet computers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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