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Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population by Kate Finn, Jeff Johnson

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Chapter 3

Vision

Abstract

Describes common age-related changes in vision. Presents research-based design guidelines to help older people overcome those changes, allowing them to use digital technology productively and enjoyably.

Keywords

Digital technology; Eyesight; Guidelines; Older adults; Sight; Vision
 
When we talk about age-friendly technology, a common first response is “Oh, you mean bigger fonts?”
“Use bigger fonts” is indeed an important guideline for making digital technology more accessible to older adults, because vision tends to get worse as people age. However, as with all age-related changes, there is great variability between individuals in both the extent of changes and the age of onset. More importantly, “declining vision” is complex: ...

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