Compensatory visual field training for patients with hemianopia after stroke

Neurosci Lett. 2001 Jun 29;306(3):189-92. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3940(01)01907-3.


Twenty-one patients with hemianopia received 4 weeks of compensatory visual field training. Detection of and reaction time to visual stimuli were measured with eyes fixating (condition A) and with use of exploratory eye movements (condition B) before and after training. Twenty-three healthy individuals served as control subjects for measurements of parameters during both conditions. Patients with hemianopia to either side showed a marked improvement of detection and reaction time during condition B, but minimum or no change during condition A. Improvements were maintained 8 months after training. Activity of daily living skills also improved in all patients. The size of scotoma on computerized perimetry, in contrast, remained unchanged. Training improved detection of and reaction to visual stimuli without restitution of the visual field defect.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Eye Movements
  • Female
  • Hemianopsia / etiology
  • Hemianopsia / rehabilitation*
  • Hemianopsia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Scotoma / etiology
  • Scotoma / rehabilitation
  • Scotoma / therapy
  • Stroke / complications*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Fields*