Rehabilitation Of Vision Disorders

Vision disorders after stroke or brain injury can be overlooked early on as more severe, and life-threatening, injuries sustained from the stroke or brain injury are treated. Patients should undergo a vision evaluation as soon as possible after their injury. Even if a patient does not perceive any problems with his or her vision, defects may be present, and they can have an extensive impact on the patient’s life and rehabilitation efforts.

Alternative Therapeutic Strategies

There are three main strategies for potential visual rehabilitation: Substitution, Compensation and Restoration.

NovaVision provides a portfolio of evidence-based, CE-Marked therapy and diagnostic products focused on Compensation and Restoration, with product offerings tailored to physicians, clinics and centres as well as direct to patients.

For Physicians

To start Vision Restoration Therapy, patients require a visual field test. Therefore, NovaVision seeks physicians to whom patients can be referred. NovaVision also offers the “NovaVision Pro Physician Model” that enables physicians to register patients in their practice for the NovaVision therapies, and monitor their progress through their therapy course via a personalised portal.

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For Clinics and Centres

NovaVision provides products specifically designed for Clinics and Centres to be used with patients while in their care: 1) The VIDIT diagnostic system which enables therapists to screen for visual field deficits 2) InVista, an automated training stimulation program based on VRT which can be used by patients while in-clinic; and 3) The NeuroEyeCoach Pro Centre Model which enables therapists to treat patients with NeuroEyeCoach in-clinic. NovaVision offers potential patients in Germany the choice of visiting a NovaVision partner centre to receive an initial diagnostic before commencing VRT, and so NovaVision is always seeking centres and clinics interested in becoming a NovaVision partner.

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Vision Restoration Therapy – VRT

This type of therapy provides actual improvement in the range or sensitivity of the patient’s field of vision.

NovaVision’s VRT uses repetitive light stimulation to activate impaired visual functions in areas of partial injury (“transition zones”), strengthening the residual vision and neuronal networks. The concept of repetitive stimulation has proven effective in the recovery of other functions such as movements of lower limbs after stroke.

NovaVision provides its internet-delivered, at-home computer based VRT in a therapy suite with its complementary NeuroEyeCoach vision compensation therapy.

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Vision Compensation Therapy – NeuroEyeCoach

Using saccadic training, patients are trained to rapidly and continuously scan their surroundings in order to direct their gaze toward the blind field, bringing the previously unseen objects within their sighted field. A three-center study conducted by the School of Psychology of the University of Aberdeen, the Neuromotor and Cognitive Rehabilitation Research Center of the University of Verona, and the Department of Psychology of the University of Munich has recently been published. The study concluded that NeuroEyeCoach can be viewed as being the first evidence-based, gold standard registered medical device accessible to patients at home or in clinical settings.

NovaVision’s NeuroEyeCoach re-trains a patient to move their eyes effectively, re-integrate left and right vision and to make the most of their remaining visual field. NovaVision provides its internet-delivered, at-home computer based NeuroEyeCoach in a therapy suite with its complementary VRT vision restoration therapy as well as on its own.