MLVAIMelbourne Low-Vision ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Index
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The two dependant variables reported here were near acuity at the threshold, assessed at the standard 40 centimeters (about 16 inches) with age-appropriate near correction using the Bailey-Lovie Word Reading Chart (Bailey & Lovie-Kitchin, 1980) and performance of activities of daily living using the Melbourne Low Vision ADL Index (MLVAI) (Haymes, Johnston, & Heyes, 2001).
Further work should also include the use of Part A of the MLVAI (the observed high-acuity tasks), which should be measured by a different person from the one who provides the eccentric viewing training.
It appears that this type of training can facilitate an independent lifestyle and improve safety in the home, as indicated by the questions on the MLVAI. Additional benefits may include a better quality of life and decreased anxiety related to vision loss.