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Medicine labels

The large amount of textual information that has to accompany medicines coupled with the physical constraints of actually being able to print, fold and distribute it often means that the type size is pretty small. Given that most health information is destined for use by older people, often with deteriorating sight, this can present some problems.

There's a paper in the British Journal of Ophthalmology this month looking the ability of visually impaired people to read medication instructions.

The abstract is here
and if you have Athens access you can read the full article here.

The paper suggests that the majority of people with 6/18 visual acuity or better are able to read their instructions but that those with VAs between 6/24* and 6/60 need to have information printed at a minimum of 22pt.

* Someone with a visual acuity of 6/24 would be able to read words at a maximum of 6 metres that someone with perfect sight would be able to read at 24 metres.

Posted by Brian 29.12.04 [ page link ]


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