Neurological Vision Services
"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 Orthoptists, to assist people experiencing vision loss, following a neurological vision loss (NVS) 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 the visual messages, which are interpreted by the brain.
The most common causes of vision loss, as a result of an Acquired Brain Injury in Australia, are related to stroke, head injury or brain tumour.
Assessing the nature of these changes to the visual picture is a vital first step in the rehabilitation process.
Training focuses on the impact of brain injury and its relationship to vision functioning.
The team designs individual programs to help people with an acquired brain injury vision loss to live safely.
After a stroke, some people need to learn how to use their vision in a different way. Our programs provide strategies to also help make best use of a client'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 utilized 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 head injury
- Orientation and Mobility Programs – include road crossing strategies and use of public transport; study, vocation and recreation; support for clients returning to work
- Occupational Therapy Programs – incorporating scanning techniques into activities of daily living
- assisting the client and other relevant people to understand their vision loss
- therapy and rehabilitation
- working with other relevant allied health professionals
- follow up and community integration.
Who is eligible?
Any person who is experiencing difficulties with adapting to their daily routines due to changes in vision 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 of and approve of 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 .