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Neurological Vision Impairment

Guide Dogs Orientation and Mobility specialist teach someone with neurological vision impairment how to scan

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's free Neurological Vision Impairment services address the needs of people who have impaired vision resulting from:

  • stroke
  • tumour
  • brain injury

In these situations, the eyes may still function effectively, but visual messages may be missed or misinterpreted due to sections of the brain being damaged. This vision impairment may seriously affect mobility, causing people to bump into obstacles, or worse, they may fail to see oncoming traffic.

One of the most common forms of neurological vision impairment is Homonymous Hemianopia. Surprisingly, those affected often may not realise their sight is compromised.

image of how homonymous hemianopia affects your vision

Warning signs can include:

  • Being confused and easily disorientated, even in familiar places.
  • Having difficulties when reading.
  • Being overwhelmed or anxious in crowded or busy places or bumping into people or things.
  • Crossing roads unsafely.
  • Lacking confidence when using public transport.
  • Experiencing double or blurry vision

How can we help?

We work with people with neurological vision impairment by teaching them how to compensate for their vision loss. Part of this training includes scanning strategies or, if required, a mobility aid.  These free services are designed help restore the confidence and mobility of those affected by neurological vision impairment.

Things you should know:

  • ƒƒTraining programs are designed according to individual needs. Early referral is recommended to help develop safe and consistent scanning.
  • Education, support and training are provided for the person, family and carers regarding the nature of this type of vision loss.
  • ƒWe will visit the person wherever they are. This may be in a rehabilitation ward or at home.
  • ƒTraining ranges from walking safely around the home through to using public transport and travelling in a busy city environment.
  • ƒSupport is provided until the person feels confident.
  • ƒFollow-up visits are offered to ensure compensatory scanning strategies are effective and safe.
  • ƒWe work with other rehabilitation professionals particularly when cognitive, physical and/or behavioural challenges are present.
  • All of these services come at no cost to our clients

To request a neurological vision impairment assessment please contact us on 1800 484 333 or complete this form.

If you are requesting a service on behalf of someone we will require consent from the individual. A medical referral is not required.

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