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What is Neuroplasticity? The Term You NEED to Know

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 30, 2017 4:30:00 PM

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?

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Topics: stroke

The Hidden Risk Factors For Stroke That Women Need To Know About

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jun 7, 2017 10:23:00 AM

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:

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Topics: safety, stroke

Why Some Stroke Patients Suffer Vision Loss - and Some Don't

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Apr 12, 2017 10:05:00 AM

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.

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Topics: stroke

Why Doing Both NeuroEyeCoach and Vision Restoration Therapy makes the most sense

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: stroke, VRT, brain injury

Patient Spotlight – Judy U.

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Feb 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Insider, stroke, VRT, brain injury

Cortical Blindness and “Blindsight”

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jan 18, 2017 10:15:00 AM

The term “Cortical Blindness” describes the partial or complete loss of vision resulting from a brain lesion. 

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Topics: stroke, brain injury

Difference between NeuroEyeCoach and other Saccadic Training Apps and Programs

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jan 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Insider, stroke, brain injury

Insurance Coverage for Vision Therapy

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Dec 1, 2016 2:20:41 PM

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.

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Topics: stroke, VRT

What is Quadrantanopia?

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Nov 16, 2016 9:45:50 AM

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.

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Topics: stroke, brain injury

What is the difference between a perimetry and the NovaVision online-visual field screening?

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Oct 26, 2016 10:04:00 AM

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.

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Topics: safety, stroke

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