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?
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:
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.
NovaVision offers two different therapy programs for rehabilitation of neurological vision loss - NeuroEyeCoach and Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT) – which we provide in a single therapy suite for $900. These therapies do different things, and in this blog we explain why it makes the most sense to do both these therapies, one after the other.
We love hearing testimonials from our patients who have improved their vision after performing our therapies. This month our spotlight is on our patient Judy, we’re happy to hear that her quality of life has improved since performing Vision Restoration Therapy. We hope that Judy’s testimonial will encourage anyone with a visual deficit following a stroke or brain injury to learn more about our therapies and take the next step towards their visual rehabilitation.
The term “Cortical Blindness” describes the partial or complete loss of vision resulting from a brain lesion.
At NovaVision we are often asked by clinicians and therapists to discuss the differences between NeuroEyeCoach and other saccadic training programs – both those which appear to be specifically for saccadic training and those which have a saccadic training module within a therapy training suite of programs.
For today's blog post, we would like to feature an article that was published by The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). It is a very helpful guide when dealing with insurance companies for coverage of any vision therapies like Vision Restoration Therapy or NeuroEyeCoach.
In the context of neurological visual field loss we very often hear about hemianopia, the loss of the right or left half of the visual field in both eyes. However, some patients with neurological visual field loss find the term “quadrantanopia” in their medical records. If “hemianopia” means that you cannot see in half of your visual field, does “quadrantanopia” mean that you cannot see in a quarter of your visual field? Correct. Quadrantanopia refers to the loss of vision in one of the quarters of the visual field.
In our last blog “What is a visual field test?“ we have explained how a visual field examination is done using a perimeter.
Today we will analyze the differences between a visual field test using static perimetry and our online-visual field screening and reveal why the online test does not replace the examination by a doctor.