Scientists Use Eye-Tracking Test to Identify Reading Disorders in Students

A new test uses tracks eye movement to detect whether students have specific types of reading disorders.

RightEye, the developer of the test, said that their technology enables practitioners to differentiate eye movement issues from other reading disorders, resulting in earlier and more appropriate intervention for readers.

The test offers nearly 100 stories, short and long. Using these stories, the test identifies and reports metrics compared with norms that are important in assessing oculomotor abilities when reading, including words per minute, fixations, saccades and regressions.

In other words, the test tracks eye movement to determine whether a student is getting hung up on certain words or phrases while reading, among other things.

According to Barbara Barclay, president of RightEye, “With this test and the associated instant report available to parents, showing precise eye movements and scores relative to norms, school systems, optometrists and specialists can now identify reading disorders, apply an appropriate intervention, and avoid the learning and behavioral challenges often associated with misdiagnosis — all without any of the costly, time-intensive and invasive procedures typically required for diagnosis.”

Many of us have known someone who went through childhood with an undiagnosed learning disability. How many kids have been held back due to this? By applying advanced technology to quickly and effectively diagnose problems, hopefully the number will decrease.

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