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Neuro-Optometry Tools and Resources That just Make Sense

More options are available for optimizing the brain/vision connection for any patient suffering from a traumatic or acquired brain injury.

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A NEURO-OPTOMETRIC REHABILITATION optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat neurological conditions that negatively impact the visual system. Anyone who’s had a stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor or concussion, or is suffering from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, can present with visual problems. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a customized treatment program for patients whose neurological condition or disease has resulted in visual deficits. These specialists can help patients rehabilitate their vision with specific optical lenses and eye-training exercises that rewire the brain. Devices include specialized prisms, colored tints and eye tracking tools as well as vestibular training to help bring balance to the visual system for optimal function.

LKC Technologies RETeval is a battery-powered, portable ERG/VEP Testing device.

LKC Technologies

RETeval is a battery-powered, portable ERG/VEP Testing device.

(301) 840-1992 | lkc.com

Carl Zeiss HFA3 visual field machine

Carl Zeiss Meditec

HFA3 visual field machine offers tests for detecting vision loss caused by neurological conditions.

(925) 557-4100 | zeiss.com/med

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Diopsys NOVA ERG desktop screen and VEP Vision Testing System

Diopsys

Diopsys NOVA ERG desktop screen and VEP Vision Testing System with checkerboard pattern.

(973) 244-0622 | diopsys.com

Neurolens Measurement Device, Gen 2

Neurolens

The Neurolens Measurement Device, Gen 2 (nMD2), measures binocular vision. The doctor then prescribes Neurolenses based off these measurements.

(888) 236-2219 | neurolenses.com

RightEye Vision System

RightEye

The RightEye Vision System offers an eye tracking solution and Sensorimotor exam for binocular vision disorders.

(301) 979-7970 | righteye.com

Cognivue Thrive is a 5-minute self-administered computerized screening tool

Cognivue

Cognivue Thrive is a 5-minute self-administered computerized screening tool that evaluates three cognitive domains: memory, visuospatial, and executive function.

(585) 203-1969 | cognivue.com

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Smart Ways to Use Neuro-Optometry Tools on Patients

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVDNeuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, Plano, TX  

Neuro-Optometry Tools and Resources That just Make Sense

We assess all patient types: pediatric patients with developmental vision problems; those with a brain injury; and athletes who have concussion. In addition to a traditional eye exam, I initially do a neuro-optometry evaluation of their binocular vision, ocular motor vision, and visual spatial skills. If a person comes in for a neuro-vision evaluation I would also test balance, cognitive skill and eye tracking ability. If there’s a neurological problem, I’ll do a VEP or ERG (electroretinography) test using LKC’s RETeval handheld device. I use Cognivue for cognitive evaluation, RightEye for sensory motor testing, Balance Tracking Systems’ BTracks to check balance and a WAVi scan to measure brain waves. I give a realistic expectation upfront saying we’ll try to get them back increased functional skills.

Tanya Polec, OD, FCOVDVision & Balance, Tucson, AZ

Neuro-Optometry Tools and Resources That just Make Sense

My patients usually have some type of brain trauma. We evaluate visual system function and integration with body and brain. We use RightEye to monitor how the eye tracks and follows objects; a VEP test from Diopsys that examines whether the brain processes information at a higher level of intensity when the patient wears prism glasses; a binocular vision assessment program from HTS Home Vision Therapy; Bernell’s FCFTester to evaluate the functional peripheral field; and the Reflex Pro to assess pupil response to colored filters. BTracks evaluates the risk of a fall. Therapy takes three to nine months, during which we retrain the brain to teach the visual system and the body to work more effectively.

 

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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