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Reliability and validity of the Melbourne edge test and high/low contrast visual acuity chart

Haymes, Sharon A. and Chen, Jason 2004, Reliability and validity of the Melbourne edge test and high/low contrast visual acuity chart, Optometry and vision science, vol. 81, no. 5, pp. 308-316, doi: 10.1097/01.opx.0000134904.21274.db.

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Title Reliability and validity of the Melbourne edge test and high/low contrast visual acuity chart
Author(s) Haymes, Sharon A.
Chen, Jason
Journal name Optometry and vision science
Volume number 81
Issue number 5
Start page 308
End page 316
Total pages 9
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2004-05
ISSN 1040-5488
1538-9235
Keyword(s) contrast sensitivity
low contrast visual acuity
Melbourne edge test
Pelli-Robson chart
test-retest reliability
Summary Purpose. The purposes of the study were to investigate the test-retest reliability and the validity of new versions of the Melbourne Edge Test (MET) and the High/Low Contrast Visual Acuity (H/LCVA) chart and to investigate the agreement between the original and new versions.

Methods. The MET original photographic version, MET new light box version, H/LCVA Chart original photographic version, H/LCVA Chart new printed version, and the Pelli-Robson chart were administered twice to one eye of 22 subjects with low vision and 20 soft contact lenses wearers.

Results. For the low vision group, the test-retest 95% limits of agreement were ±5.2 dB for the MET new light box version and ±0.39 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) for the LCVA component of the H/LCVA new printed version. For the soft contact lens group, the test-retest 95% limits of agreement were ±2.1 dB for the MET new light box version and ± 0.26 logMAR for the LCVA component of the H/LCVA new printed version. Moderate to high correlations were obtained between contrast sensitivity tests, thus providing evidence of validity. Scores obtained for the new test versions were significantly higher than the original versions (p < 0.01).

Conclusions. Of all the tests administered, the MET original photographic version and the Pelli-Robson Chart had the highest test-retest reliability for the low vision group. For the soft contact lens group, the H/LCVA original version (low contrast letters, 18% Weber) and the Pelli-Robson Chart had the highest reliability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/01.opx.0000134904.21274.db
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, American Academy of Optometry
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047582

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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