The New York State Optometric Association Vision Screening Battery (NYSOA) was administered to 54 illiterate adults and to 54 graduate students in order to compare the incidence of specific visual problems in the two populations. A chi square statistical analysis revealed that the graduate students scored significantly higher on the Tracking and Acuity-near subtests. Another significant finding was the 74% failure rate among the illiterate adults.
Illiteracy is one of the most pressing problems facing the United States today. According to the United States Department of Education, as stated in the Literacy Volunteers of America Fact Sheet, one in five Americans is unable to read, speak and/or compute in order to function effectively on the job and in everyday . . .