Homonymous Hemianopia and Vision Restoration Therapy

Alexander Frolov, Jeanne Feuerstein, Prem S. Subramanian

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Abstract

Homonymous hemianopia from stroke causes visual disability. Although some patients experience spontaneous improvement, others have limited to no change and may be left with a severe disability. Current rehabilitation strategies are compensatory and cannot restore function. Animal studies suggest that central nervous system plasticity could allow for redirection of lost visual function into undamaged areas of cortex. A commercial therapy system was developed, from which claims of visual field expansion were disputed by independent researchers. The treatment remains controversial with seemingly contradictory data being generated. Continued research is underway to demonstrate the (non-)efficacy of this treatment method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CNS plasticity
  • Homonymous hemianopia
  • Stroke
  • Vision restoration therapy
  • Visual field loss
  • Visual rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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