A patient suffering from visuo-spatial neglect was investigated as a special interest case during a study on the effectiveness of "restorative approaches" after visual field loss. This patient trained with our newly developed Virtual Reality (VR) system "Salzburg Visual Field Trainer" for 254 days. Perimetric results show a visual field expansion of 48.8% (left eye) and 36.8% (right eye) translating to an improvement of approximately 5.5° to 10.5° of visual angle. Further, subjective self-report shows improvements of up to 317% in visual field functionality. Our results indicate that patients suffering from visuo-spatial neglect could benefit from a VR-based restorative intervention.
Keywords: Neglect; neuropsychology; rehabilitation; stroke; virtual reality; visual field defect.