Identifying vision problems "important" in stroke patients

Identifying vision problems "important" in stroke patients

It is vitally important that people who have suffered a stroke are monitored for any changes in their vision, as this can severely affect their rehabilitation, experts have warned.

A new study published by the University of Liverpool has called on healthcare professionals to pay particularly close attention to the eyesight of stroke patients, as an episode often interrupts the pathways which deliver an image from the eye to the brain and subsequently hampers the field of vision.

As well as effecting stroke patients" ability to read, this can make walking difficult and hamper their recovery, said Dr Fiona Rowe, from the university"s directorate of orthoptics and vision science.

"It is vital that healthcare services are aware of the different vision problems that stroke patients can face and have clear guidelines on identifying where the condition originates, whether it is in the eye, brain or the connecting pathways," she explained.

In another study, experts at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller"s School of Medicine have created a new test that measures the functionality of the eye"s retinal nerve cells, which may help to detect glaucoma early and ultimately prevent blindness.

by Adrian Galbreth

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