A new eye clinic for patients experiencing visual problems following a stroke has been set up by the health trust that runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital.
This new service was introduced following overwhelming research evidence that showed that nearly 90 per cent of people have some form of visual problem after a stroke or brain injury, and that these impairments can be a barrier to their rehabilitation.
The new Orthoptic Stroke Clinic is based in the Trust’s Outpatients Department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and runs on a Thursday morning.
Orthoptist Tanzeela Rabbani said: “A stroke may lead to problems with eye movement which means that both eyes are not working together as a pair.
“This makes it very difficult to focus on specific things because of blurred or double vision which impacts on a patient’s everyday life.
“We provide visual rehabilitation and can refer patients to the Low Vision Clinic or to an Ophthalmologist.”
The Orthoptic Stroke Clinic also provides advice on partially sighted registration, reading aids, and various techniques that can be used to try to help or compensate for the various visual effects of stroke.
These include glasses, prisms, patching, magnifiers and scanning information.