NovaVision, Inc. has launched a free online vision test for stroke and brain injury survivors who wish to learn if a vision deficit exists as a result of their injuries. The interactive test, available at http://www.helpforvisionloss.com/nvlt4 provides immediate results to people who want to learn more about their visual acuity.
More than 20 percent of Americans who survive a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffer from impaired vision. Neurological vision loss can make it difficult for individuals to perform routine tasks like driving, reading and writing, which can dramatically jeopardize their confidence and independence.
NovaVision's online test is a first stop for those who want to learn more about the impact their injuries may have on their sight and how they can improve their vision. Individuals should consider obtaining a comprehensive vision evaluation from a healthcare provider after performing the online vision test.
Medical professionals who treat vision loss caused by injury to the brain include neurologists, ophthalmologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and optometrists.
To help stroke and TBI survivors improve their vision, NovaVision developed Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT), an FDA-cleared medical device designed to stimulate the neurons in the brain responsible for vision. Before undergoing treatment with VRT, patients take a standard diagnostic test at a VRT Center to determine their individual visual field deficits. Shortly following, patients receive a VRT medical device, along with an individualized therapy program to perform at home. Each month, patients receive a more advanced therapy version as their vision progresses. VRT is typically performed for twenty minutes twice a day for about six months. Clinical studies presented at premiere medical meetings, such as the 2007 American Academy of Neurology Meeting and the 2007 International Stroke Conference, show that more than 70 percent of people using VRT saw vision improvements.
More than 1,000 stroke and traumatic brain injury patients have been treated with NovaVision VRT and clinical results are positive. NovaVision VRT is currently offered at 50 leading neurological, eye and rehabilitation centers nationwide. For more information and a list of centers offering NovaVision VRT, please visit http://www.helpforvisionloss.com or call 888-205-0800.