What is Vision Restoration Therapy?
Vision restoration therapy is a non-invasive neruostimulation that is performed by a device made by NovaVision® Inc. to restore the vision of people who have suffered neurological loss of vision.
Vision restoration therapy received FDA approval in 2003. It is based on fifteen years of clinical research which has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurology, and Nature Medicine.
What is Involved With Vision Restoration Therapy?
Vision restoration therapy is a daily rehabilitation program use to help restore the loss of vision due to a cerebrovascular accident (stroke) or traumatic brain injury. Vision loss from these problems results in loss of a portion of one’s vision or side vision usually in both eyes.
Benefits of Vision Restoration Therapy
The therapy is done at home where the patient can easily follow a schedule.
The therapy is customized for the vision for the specific vision loss and is updated monthly.
The therapy does not require any surgery or medication.
The majority of patients improve no matter when the vision loss occurred.
The vision restoration therapy is performed with the patient placing their chin and forehead into the device. You focus your eyes on the center of the screen of the equipment. You well then respond every time you see a light stimulus on the screen.
Many patients report improvement and confidence with daily activities such as:
Grooming and hygiene
Who is a Candidate for Vision Restoration Therapy?
An acquired brain injury either by stroke or trauma
Vision loss secondary to the injury
Vision better than 20/200
No ocular damage or significant eye disease
No major cognitive impairment
The ability to sit upright and focus on a task for 15 to 30 minutes
Motivated to rehabilitation and can commit to about 1 hour of time for daily treatment
What is Required for Restoration Vision Therapy?
You need a prescription to start vision restoration therapy.
You need an eye examination with an eye doctor, neurologist, or physiatrist to see if you are a good candidate.
After you have met the criteria for therapy, you will receive a leased vision restoration device.
Your therapy will be evaluated and updated monthly to follow and insure your results.
Length of Treatment
Vision restoration therapy is performed 2 times a day for 30 minutes for 6 months.
Vision restoration therapy can provide improvement in vision loss resulting from a brain injury. It can improve the amount of side vision that was lost from the brain injury. Patients need to be motivated in order to obtain results as it requires an hour a day for 6 months.