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Stroke and Vision Loss

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As many as 2 out of every 3 patients who have a stroke will experience serious vision loss, including a condition called Hemaniopia.

According to the 2017 report from the American Heart Association:

“Approximately 795 000 strokes occur in the United States each year. On average, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and on average, every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.” {1}

Vision Loss After Stroke

The most common form of vision loss associated with a stroke is Hemianopia. This is a loss of half of the visual field in both eyes. Because of the sudden onset of this type of vision loss the effects to the overall well being of the patient can be dramatic, with the stroke patient experiencing stress, depression, and feelings of helplessness. Like other forms of vision loss, stroke related vision loss is mainly non-reversible (although certain conditions can be improved using therapies such as neuro optometric rehabilition).

Help Near Me

Dr. Yesnick and the low vision team at Yesnick Low Vision in Las Vegas recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as possible to assess the patients vision and start the discussion of what types of visual aides can improve the quality of life, mobility and independence of the patient.

To learn more about vision loss from a stroke, click here.



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