New therapy helps to improve stereoscopic vision in stroke patients

New therapy helps to improve stereoscopic vision in stroke patients

Humans view the world through two eyes, but it is our brain that combines the images from each eye to form a single composite picture. If this function becomes damaged, impaired sight can be the result. Such loss of visual function can be observed in patients who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury or when the oxygen supply to the brain has been reduced (cerebral hypoxia). Those affected by this condition experience blurred vision or can start to see double after only a short period of visual effort.

via Top Health News — ScienceDaily:

Humans view the world through two eyes, but it is our brain that combines the images from each eye to form a single composite picture. If this function becomes damaged, impaired sight can be the result. Such loss of visual function can be observed in patients who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury or when the oxygen supply to the brain has been reduced (cerebral hypoxia). Those affected by this condition experience blurred vision or can start to see double after only a short period of visual effort. Other symptoms can include increased fatigue or headaches. It is been suggested that these symptoms arise because the brain is unable to maintain its ability to fuse the separate images from each eye into a single composite image over a longer period. Experts refer to this phenomenon as binocular fusion dysfunction.’As a result, these patients have significantly reduced visual endurance,’ explains Katharina Schaadt, a graduate psychology student at Saarland University. ‘This often severely limits a patient’s ability to work or go about their daily life.’ Working at a computer screen or reading the newspaper can be very challenging. As binocular fusion is a fundamental requirement for achieving a three-dimensional impression of depth, those affected also frequently suffer from partial or complete stereo blindness. ‘Patients suffering from stereo blindness are no longer able to perceive spatial depth correctly,’ says Schaadt. …

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New therapy helps to improve stereoscopic vision in stroke patients

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