After suffering from a stroke your vision can often slip to the back burner as your survival becomes your top priority. The fact of the matter is that your vision disorders have a significant knock on effect to other activities of daily living. For this reason, rehabilitation at the appropriate time can be imperative to other areas of your daily life such as your ability to communicate effectively, reading, coordination, and balance. Visual field loss is a common sign of stroke or other brain injury with about 30% of patients suffering vision disorders. Patients who have suffered neurological brain damage that has resulted in a visual field deficit often also have additional difficulties with eye movements.
In the days, weeks, and even months following a stroke or traumatic brain injury, you will likely hear nurses and doctors using language and terminology that you are completely unfamiliar with. Not only are you trying to focus on healing and learning to adjust to any number of side effects from this traumatic event, but now the people charged with your care are speaking another language. What’s an anterior cerebral artery? What do electroencephalograms do?
It is not uncommon for visual field loss to go undetected following a stroke or brain injury as visual field testing has not hitherto been part of the routine evaluations following such traumatic events. We currently offer a completely free vision screening test that can be done from the comfort of your own home to help patients and their physicians alike more easily detect visual field deficits.
We are back this month with a wonderful testimonial from our patient Stu. We are happy to hear that our therapies have had a significant improvement in his activities of daily life.
Suffering from a stroke or other brain injury is a scary and strenuous time for everyone involved. Whether you are experiencing the effects first hand or taking care of a loved one, the road to recovery can be a long and hard one. Even if you don’t perceive any problems with your vision, defects may be present, and they can have an extensive negative impact on your daily life as well as your other rehabilitation efforts. Although spontaneous recovery is possible within the first three months, the vast majority of patients need specific therapeutic intervention.
Suffering from a vision deficit can be a terrifying thing for anyone to experience - especially after surviving a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Often times, patients and caregivers are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of todo's when coming home from the hospital.
Even simple tasks like bathing, cooking, and doing laundry can become more difficult with a visual deficit. So, it’s important to understand how to stay safe while facing this difficult time.
There are a few simple things you can do as a patient and especially as a caregiver or loved on to make living at home easier and safer. These simple changes will allow you as a patient to remain in control, independent, and safe.
According to The National Stroke Association, approximately 55,000 more women than men will suffer from a stroke this year. Although there are common risk factors that everyone should be aware of, there are risk factors that are unique to women. The fact that an estimated 100,000 U.S. women under 65 will have a stroke this year according to the American Stroke Association means it is more important than ever that women identify and become familiar with these risk factors. In addition to risk factors that could affect anyone such as smoking, being overweight, family history, and high blood pressure, women face these unique risk factors:
In previous months, we’ve highlighted some of our amazing patients such as Carole Urban and Dan Burke, but this month we wanted to highlight one of our prescribing VRT Physicians. His name is Dr. Kevin M. Chauvette and he first opened his private practice, Merrimack Vision Care in Merrimack, NH back in September of 1990. Prior to that, Dr. Chauvette performed his undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire and St. Anselm College and went on to graduate from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989.
The road to recovery after a traumatic brain injury is often long and sometimes difficult. The process may be physically and emotionally draining for both victim and family alike. Gaining a good understanding of the recovery process and doing the most you can early on will set you and your loved ones up for success throughout the recovery process.
Patients who have recently suffered from stroke will often tell their Physicians that they’re having difficulty seeing out of one eye. Although certain conditions may mimic this sensation, visual problems that occur after a stroke aren’t typically a result of damage to your eyes at all. More likely than not, the loss of vision is due to damage that has been done to that part of the brain that processes visual information which is transmitted to it using one’s eyes as the conduits.