Neurological Vision Service
"Someone recently told me they wouldn't have known that I was vision impaired. I'm now catching buses, walking through the city - and this is all thanks to the Orientation and Mobility Training I had with the team at Guide Dogs." - Des McNamara, Neurological Vision Services Client
We have a specialist team of Orientation and Mobility Instructors, Occupational Therapists and a Low Vision Specialist to assist people experiencing vision loss, following a neurological vision loss or acquired brain injury (ABI).
Unlike a vision impairment, which may be caused by disease or injury to the eye itself, vision loss associated with brain injury affects visual messages interpreted by the brain.
In Australia, the most common causes of vision loss as a result of an acquired brain injury are related to stroke, head injury or brain tumour.
Assessing the nature of these changes to the visual process is a vital first step in the rehabilitation process. Training focuses on the impact of brain injury and its relationship to vision functioning.
After a stroke, people may need to learn how to use their vision in a different way. Our team designs individual programs to help people experiencing vision loss as a result of acquired brain injury to live safely. Our programs also provide strategies to maximise a person's remaining vision.
How we can be of service
Our services include:
- intervention within the hospital, rehabilitation centre, on-site clinic or home environment
- assessment of vision loss and how residual vision is being utilised using portable field testing equipment
- assessment and training by a Low Vision Specialist
- individual programs designed to meet each client's needs
- graduated training from simple to complex tasks
- visual skills training – scanning training to assist people to manage their daily tasks who have vision loss caused by a stroke or brain injury
- Orientation and Mobility Programs – include training for safe and independent mobility including road crossing strategies and use of public transport for accessing work, study and recreation
- Occupational Therapy Programs – incorporating scanning techniques to assist daily living activities
- assisting the client and other relevant people to understand their vision loss
- working with other relevant allied health professionals
Who is eligible?
Any person experiencing vision changes following a brain injury which is causing difficulties with mobility or adapting to daily routines may request a referral.
Referrals can also come from medical professionals, family, friends or even the person themselves.
If you are referring another person, please ensure they are aware and approve the referral.
Apply for our Vision Services
To apply for services or to find out more follow the link to our online referral form or call us on Your Support Line 1800 757 738.