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Visual Rehabilitation after stroke or other brain injury

Visual rehabilitation programs can help those who have suffered partial blindness as a result of stroke, trauma or surgery. Within a persons affected visual field there is often residual visual capacity, either with or without limited awareness of the sufferer.

It is often thought that after a limited “spontaneous recovery” within the first few months following injury, the remaining visual defect is usually permanent. However there is evidence to suggest that repeated stimulation of the border area between the surviving and damaged area can lead to significant changes in sensitivity.

This concept has been taken forward by researchers at the University of Aberdeen which has resulted in the production of a Visual Rehabilitation ProgramCE using Neuro-Eye Therapy (NeET).

Success stories

"Being unable to drive was awful. I have severe heart disease, and in cold weather I wasn't able unable to get out and about without driving. My wife had to take on so much to help me. However, after the treatment my eyesight improved so much that I have even got my driving licence back. It has been marvellous for me. Literally quite life changing and now I can keep up with my grandchildren!"

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"Without the help of the Samaritan Fund and the inspiration of the Sight Science I would have remained in emblematic darkness reluctantly dependent on all around me"

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"I have also gone from being unable to walk outside on my own to walking up to half a mile to visit a friend. I am also able to cross the road provided I take care. I would not have dared to do that before."

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Improvements reported

  • Ability to locate moving, flickering objects within the blind field, such as moving traffic
  • Increased navigation skills
  • Improved reading ability
  • Increased concentration span and visual attention
  • Increased visual sensitivity
  • Significant increase in quality of life

The Neuro-Eye Therapy (NeET) programme

The Therapy consist of:

  • An initial consultation to assess your suitability
  • Assessment of your visual field
  • Specifically designing your Vision Rehabilitation ProgramCE
  • Supply of the Vision Rehabilitation Program CE for 6 months
  • Support and monitoring of progress
  • Data analysis and reports at 1, 3 and 6 months

Useful Links

Royal National Institute for Blind People The Stroke Association

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