HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Rehabilitation can restore some vision after stroke

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 3 Patients who lose vision after stroke can regain some of it through therapy that strengthens nerve cell activity, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2005.

"This is the first technique stroke patients can use to improve their vision," said Bernhard Sabel, Ph.D., professor of medical physiology at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. "Patients with visual field defects can now have reasonable hope that the blindness is changeable. This study found that the effect of therapy lasts well after therapy stops and indicates that extended training tends to further improve results."

Vision restoration therapy (VRT) involves identifying and stimulating regions in the visual field that are only partly damaged by stroke or trauma. The training can be done at home in front of a computer-based device, usually in 30-minute sessions, twice a day.

During the training, hundreds of visual stimulations are presented on the monitor to the areas of residual vision. Through repetitive use of damaged areas, a process known as neuroplasticity is induced. During neuroplasticity, the nerve activity related to vision is strengthened to help restore some of a person's visual functions.

Sabel and his colleagues presented findings from six and 12 months of VRT. Fifteen patients underwent six months of VRT and nine patients had 12 months of VRT. Visual field assessments were performed before and after VRT and then repeated an average of 46 months after completing VRT. After six months of VRT, sample stimulus detection increased significantly from about 54 percent to 63 percent. The number of undetected stimuli decreased significantly in both eyes.

Continuing VRT for 12 months improved the results achieved at six months. However, this change was only a statistical trend toward improvement and was not a significant change. Sabel and his colleagues had observed in a s
'"/>

Contact: Bridgette McNeill
bridgette.mcneill@heart.org
214-706-1135
American Heart Association
3-Feb-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Rehabilitation professionals in nationwide survey cite barriers to assistive technology transfer
2. Journal of Rehabilitation R&D releases latest issue
3. Rehabilitation for heart patients reduces deaths
4. Cartilage repair techniques shown to restore patient mobility and reduce pain
5. Fetal tissue restores lost sight
6. Faith in child protection system must be restored
7. Botox injections restore voices, confidence to voice disorder patients
8. Mayo Clinic researchers restore lost immunity -- Possible breakthrough for AIDS
9. Disc replacement in neck relieves pain, restores mobility
10. Scientists restore crucial myelin in brains of mice
11. Jefferson scientists use gene therapy to restore function of damaged heart cells in laboratory

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Rehabilitation can restore some vision after stroke

(Date:10/20/2014)... Principle Business Enterprises, a family owned ... top-of-the-line absorbent products. The company has recently made ... brand, Tranquility® Premium Protection absorbent products. The company ... its packaging a new look, and is currently working ... the public. , The new website, developed with Thread ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Akron, OH (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 ... new Assisted Living Center on Oct. 14. The $11 ... amenities and services, and a cooked-to-order kitchen with full-service ... forward Akron’s premier choice for first class Assisted Living ... groundbreaking. “Our residents deserve the highest quality of care ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... National Teen Driver Safety Week is October ... of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP, http://www.ohioaap.org ) is joining the ... teen drivers to talk to their teens and always set ... crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. ... crashes, and 859 (42%) of those teen drivers were killed ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to live ... the world, it’s a reality. And while new shoes are ... to walk barefoot on rocky terrain or sewage-lined streets just ... friends. , Buckner International's Shoes for Orphan Souls ... October to encourage support for Air1 and while also providing ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... October 20, 2014 Do you ever ... Here comes a wonderful app Metassessor for teachers, specialists ... company helped its client “Intervention Development LLC” to ... app is designed for iOS 4.3 or later and ... app is optimized for iPhone 5. It is now ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Tranquility® Premium Protection Incontinence Products Releases New Logo and Website 2Health News:Rockynol Retirement Community Expands Assisted Living Center 2Health News:Ohio AAP Promotes National Teen Driver Safety Week 2Health News:Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® Garners Support from Air1 Radio 2Health News:Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® Garners Support from Air1 Radio 3Health News:Metassessor App Launched: an RTI tool for Teachers & Parents 2Health News:Metassessor App Launched: an RTI tool for Teachers & Parents 3
(Date:10/20/2014)... , Oct. 20, 2014 Valeritas, Inc., ... designed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, announced today ... Chain Excellence Award. The award was presented October 16 ... Columbus, Ohio . ... judged across a variety of metrics specifically targeted at ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014   Taiho Oncology, Inc. , ... Japan ), announced that the U.S. ... designation for TAS-102 (nonproprietary names: trifluridine and tipiracil ... for the treatment of refractory metastatic colorectal cancer ... rolling NDA submission to the FDA. According to ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014   Mary,s Medicinals today announced ... a 4-Star Sponsor of Operation Grow4Vets , a ... products, programs and services to assist them in living ... Key Facts: , An ever-increasing number of ... and effective treatment for pain, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Valeritas Receives 2014 Cardinal Health Supply Chain Excellence Award 2Valeritas Receives 2014 Cardinal Health Supply Chain Excellence Award 3Taiho Oncology, Inc. Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for TAS-102 as a Potential Treatment for Refractory Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 2Taiho Oncology, Inc. Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for TAS-102 as a Potential Treatment for Refractory Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 3Taiho Oncology, Inc. Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for TAS-102 as a Potential Treatment for Refractory Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 4Mary's Medicinals Announces 4-Star Sponsorship of Operation Grow4Vets 2Mary's Medicinals Announces 4-Star Sponsorship of Operation Grow4Vets 3
Cached News: