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Brain Injury & Stroke
Patients who suffer form brain injury such as tumors, head trauma, stroke and cerebral palsy often result in impairment of cognitive abilities, sensory processing and/or physical dysfunction. Often, visual problems resulting from acquired brain injury are overlooked during the initial treatment of the injury. However, these visual impairments are usually severe enough to lengthen and diminish the effectiveness of all other therapy.
Since vision guides movement, activities such as walking, driving, reading, eating and writing are often affected. Rehabilitating the impaired visual skills will usually result in improvements in balance, gross and fine motor activities, reading ability and a general reduction in discomfort or strain.
Some common symptoms of acquired brain injury are:
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light
- reading difficulties (words appear to move)
- comprehension difficulty
- memory difficulty
- double vision
- headaches with visual tasks
- loss of peripheral vision
Dr. Kevin Chauvette is the director of the Vision Clinic at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, and Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverhill, MA, where he concentrates in evaluating and providing rehabilitative therapy for patients who have suffered stroke or brain injury. Merrimack Vision Care is an approved treatment center for Nova Vision Visual Restoration Therapy. This home based comuterized therapy has been shown to improve peripheral vision loss in patients with Hemianopsia, quadranopsia and other forms of visual field loss. Dr. Chauvette also utilizes special glasses called prisms that expand a patient’s peripheral vision if they have reduced side vision. He is also able to evaluate patients’ ability to return to driving after an acquired brain injury or stroke.
For more information on the rehabilitation of patients with neurological damage please visit:www.braininjuries.org and www.nora.cc.
For more information about NovaVision Visual Restoration Therapy go to www.helpforvisionloss.com.