Lab

About the Lab

The Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research, located at the University of Minnesota, is dedicated to understanding reading difficulties and other important visual problems encountered by people with low vision.

Low vision is any eye condition, not correctable by glasses or contacts, that results in visual impairment. Low vision can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, retinitis pigmentosa, and many other eye disorders.

This laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is internationally recognized for its pioneering work on low vision. Its director, Gordon E. Legge, Ph.D., is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and has received several major awards for his research. Other lab members include postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, undergraduates, and lab staff, all of whom specialize in vision research.

Who are we?

This laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is internationally recognized for its pioneering work on low vision. Its director, Gordon E. Legge, Ph.D., is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and has received several major awards for his research. Other lab members include postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, undergraduates, and lab staff, all of whom specialize in vision research.

What do we do?

Results from our research are being used to develop improved tests of reading and new technology for aiding in reading. For example, the MNREAD Acuity Chart, developed in the lab, provides a much better measure of reading vision than previous eye charts. It is therefore extremely helpful in recommending specific reading aids.

   

The MNREAD Acuity Chart was developed by Steve Mansfield, Gordon Legge, Andrew Luebker and Kathryn Cunningham. Read more about the MNREAD Acuity Charts

Contact Us

 
N28 Elliott Hall
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 625-4516
Fax: (612) 626-2079
lowvision@umn.edu