The relationship between visual contrast sensitivity and neuropsychological performance in a healthy elderly sample

Reid Skeel, Christian Schutte, Wendy Van Voorst, Ayesha Nagra

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Abstract

Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity are two visual domains affected by normal aging; however, the potential impact of well-documented changes in these abilities on neuropsychological assessment is relatively unstudied. The current study examined the relationship between these abilities and neuropsychological performance in a healthy, community-based elderly sample. Fifty-one individuals (Age: M = 79.6) were assessed for visual acuity and visual contrast sensitivity, and received a brief neuropsychological battery. Results indicated contrast sensitivity was significantly related to neuropsychological performance on visually based measures, but not auditory measures. Visual acuity was only weakly related to neuropsychological performance. Clinical implications for assessment of elderly individuals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-705
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

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