At St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, our current treatment data show that out of 326 consecutive admissions of neurologically impaired patients, 59% show some sign of post-trauma vision syndrome (PTVS), 12% have low vision with or without PTVS, and only 27% show no signs of visual impairment. In total, 71% of this patient population showed visual impairments inclusive of PTVS and low vision dysfunction. The staff of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea recognize that the treatment of visual-motor and visual-perceptual impairments is an important component of rehabilitation after brain injury.
The Visagraph is a tool for objectively measuring eye movements. It identifies eye movement patterns that contribute to poor reading, inattention, impaired concentration and visual memory dysfunction. Occupational therapists at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea are certified in Visagraph testing. Based on results of a Visagraph assessment, and individualised program for rehabilitation of visual-motor skills is developed.
The benefits of a Visagraph assessment include:
- Objective pre- and post-test measure of oculomotor function that target areas for treatment;
- A numbers tracking test and visual skills test are available for nonreaders;
- Useful for both inpatients and outpatients;
- Provides 97 grade level selections based on reading efficiency normative data obtained from a sample of over 12,000 subjects ranging from grade 1 through college;
- Appropriate for use with nonbrain-injured adults, adolescents and young children to assess visual function with the goal of improving visual scanning and tracking efficiency.
For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea at 734-593-5620.