Advances in Vision Therapy for TBI, Stroke
Nova Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT) is a clinically-proven therapy that can help restore the vision of individuals affected by stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI). VRT is a relatively new therapy, but the results have been impressive, giving many people a chance at regaining some of the quality of life they may have lost along with their vision:
Romano and colleagues evaluated 161 patients who underwent treatment at 16 U.S. research centers for six months. Using a special laptop and attached chin rest, patients stared at a fixed dot while various lights flashed along the border of their blind spot. They clicked a computer mouse each time they could detect the flash of light. After six months of twice daily therapy, 76 percent of patients were helped, regaining on average 5 degrees of their visual field, Romano said in an interview with Reuters. That is roughly the equivalent of a hand held at arm's length, then moved five inches to the right or left. "It allows you to read and to not bump into things," Romano said.