Reading with eccentric fixation is faster in inferior visual field than in left visual field.

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PURPOSE People with central field loss tend to fixate so that information falls in the inferior or left visual field. Studies of reading from a page of text suggest that using inferior field is advantageous relative to using left visual field. In this study, we investigated whether reading without eye movements in normal peripheral vision is better when text is presented in inferior or left visual field. METHODS Reading rates were determined for retinally stabilized rapid serial visual presentation sentences of seven letter sizes, presented at 5 degrees in inferior and left visual field of six normal observers. RESULTS When print size is appropriately magnified for peripheral viewing, reading speed in inferior field is faster than in left visual field. There is no significant difference between inferior and left visual field in the print size required to reach maximum reading speed. CONCLUSIONS For reading tasks not involving eye movements, there is an advantage in eccentrically fixating such that text falls in inferior rather than left visual field.

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@article{Petre2000ReadingWE, title={Reading with eccentric fixation is faster in inferior visual field than in left visual field.}, author={K L Petre and Charlotte A Hazel and Elisabeth M. Fine and Gary S. Rubin}, journal={Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry}, year={2000}, volume={77 1}, pages={34-9} }