Stimulating visual exploration of the neglected space in the early stage of stroke by hemifield eye-patching: a randomized controlled trial in patients with right brain damage
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 06/08/2012
Ianes P et al. – Right half–field eye patching could be a promising technique for treating visual spatial neglect during the early stages of stroke.Clinical Rehabilitation Impact. The eye–patching technique may represent an easily applicable and inexpensive method for neglect rehabilitation in the early stage after stroke.Methods
- The patients were evaluated at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and at a 7-day follow-up.
- The experimental group received right half-field patch treatment (n=10) for approximately 8 hours a day for 15 consecutive days.
- The control group received visual scanning training (n=8) for 40 minutes every weekday in a 15 day period.
- Both groups significantly improved their performance in all outcome measures.
- No difference in the amount of improvement between the two groups was found.