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Health South Stroke Survivors Support Group

Dr. Suter was recently invited to speak to the Bakersfield Health South Rehabilitation Hospital stroke survivors support group. She was able to share information on post-stroke vision problems and the effect of vision on balance with a great group of about 25 stroke survivors, family members and therapists. Besides presenting a quick tour of visual pathways in the brain and the various visual functions that are disturbed in stroke, Dr. Suter brought fun demonstrations of visual form perception, visual attention, and visual spatial awareness. The group had a good time trying out the special “yoked” prism rehabilitation lenses. The opportunity to try the prism glasses provided better insight to the attending occupational and physical therapists regarding how vision distortions can disrupt balance, and potential help to some survivors who saw immediate benefit when wearing the lenses. Dr. Suter was impressed with the level of knowledge about vision and therapeutic practice reflected in the questions and discussion posed by the therapists. The group is coordinated by two wonderful therapists, Stacy Grisham O.T. and Jerry Garzaro, P.T.A.

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