In a remarkable leap forward for the field of healthcare, a cutting-edge technology has emerged, ready to help those struggling with impaired vision. This groundbreaking device utilizes state-of-the-art advancements to assist patients in navigating the world around them with greater independence, confidence, and clarity.
NovaVision is an innovative technology that can help you if you have suffered vision loss due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other neurological condition. It can also help people who have suffered from inflammation, underwent brain surgery, or after a tumor removal.
Eligible patients who have undergone screening in a doctor’s office are provided with a laptop for home use as part of their therapy. This therapy involves the user viewing a monitor that emits light stimuli in the region of their remaining vision, positioned between the scotoma (the area of vision loss) and the intact visual field. The user’s task is to press a button whenever these stimuli appear.
To ensure proper alignment, the device keeps the user’s gaze centered by presenting a fixation target that requires the user to press a button each time the target changes color. The therapy program consists of two 30-minute treatment sessions per day, six days a week, spanning a duration of six months. Every month, the device performs a visual remapping of the user’s vision, and the results are sent to NovaVision for analysis and adjustment of the treatment plan. Potential adjustments may involve modifying the pattern of stimulus presentation, adjusting the intensity of the stimuli, or altering their color or form.
NovaVision: Backed by Science
NovaVision’s Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT) is backed by multiple studies and is the only FDA-cleared medical therapy that has been shown to improve vision from neurological trauma. Key findings from these studies include:
- Approximately 70% of patients undergoing VRT experience positive outcomes, evident through an expansion of their visual field. Studies indicate an average increase of 4.9 degrees (Mueller I, et al., 2007; Romano JG, et al., 2008).
- The duration since the initial injury does not appear to significantly impact the success of VRT therapies. This means that even patients with a long-standing history of visual impairment can potentially benefit from treatment (Romano JG, et al., 2008).
- The improvements achieved through VRT are permanent and are not influenced by factors such as age or gender. This implies that individuals of all ages and genders can experience lasting positive outcomes from the therapy (Romano JG, et al., 2008).
These findings demonstrate the effectiveness and potential of VRT in improving visual function and expanding the possibilities for individuals affected by visual impairments.
Who is a Candidate?
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you could be a candidate for NovaVision:
- Hemianopia (decreased or lost vision in one half of the visual field)
- Quadrantanopia (decreased or lost vision in one-quarter of the visual field)
- Scotoma (island of visual impairment)
- Diffuse field defect, including constriction of the field of vision (tunnel vision) caused by a tumor, brain surgery, or brain disorders
Benefits of the Technology
70% of patients who receive NovaVision VRT have received positive benefits from the therapy. Those who do respond to VRT have an average improvement of 5 degrees in their field of vision. This may not sound like much, but, depending on the severity of the vision loss, this has enabled some patients to drive on their own and can make daily tasks, such as reading, easier.
NovaVision for Impaired Vision in Las Vegas
Have you suffered vision loss from a stroke, TBI, or brain surgery? NovaVision VRT may be the solution you are looking for. Book an appointment with Dr. David Yesnick at Yesnick Vision Center today to find out if NovaVision is right for you.