Interventions for visual field defects in patients with stroke

Alex Pollock, Christine Hazelton, C. A. Henderson, Jayne Angilley, Bal Dhillon, Peter Langhorne, Katrina Livingstone, Frank Munro, Heather Orr, Fiona Rowe, Uma Shahani

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Visual field defects are estimated to affect 20% to 57% of people who have had a stroke. Visual field defects can affect functional ability in activities of daily living (commonly affecting mobility, reading and driving), quality of life, ability to participate in rehabilitation, and depression, anxiety and social isolation following stroke. There are many interventions for visual field defects, which are proposed to work by restoring the visual field (restitution); compensating for the visual field defect by changing behaviour or activity (compensation); substituting for the visual field defect by using a device or extraneous modification (substitution); or ensuring appropriate diagnosis, referral and treatment prescription through standardised assessment or screening, or both. This study aimed to determine the effects of interventions for people with visual field defects after stroke.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD008388
Number of pages85
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number10
Early online date5 Oct 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • visual field defects
  • stroke
  • interventions


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