Field Awareness System
The Gottlieb Visual Field Awareness System allows many persons who have suffered visual field loss due to a neurological insult, improved function, awareness, and orientation. Those persons who may have previously been told that they will learn to live with their visual disorder in time, now have available to them an effective clinical method of treatment. For those with more recent visual field loss, the system can hasten the rehabilitation process through the re-establishment of proper spatial perceptions and perceptual judgments. It can also assist these persons to move back into the mainstream of their personal, vocational, and avocational involvements.
An innovative method of treatment, the Gottlieb Visual Field Awareness System incorporates the use of a small, wedge-shaped prism mounted within a carrier lens. It is designed so that a prescription can be placed in the prism. This system has been proven to allow a significant number of people suffering a visual field loss to appreciate increased perception of their visual world in the direction of the visual field loss, in both monocular and binocular conditions. The unique prescription helps patients scan into the area of visual field loss, to see things more clearly, sooner, and to demonstrate increased speed and accuracy of perceptual processing. The prism is used for orientation, spotting, and localization. The patient does not look through the prism while walking, but uses it selectively for finding objects and localizing position in space.
This device will often times enhance the quality and speed of the rehabilitation process of patients suffering visual field loss and resultant neglect. Individuals who have suffered a stroke, head injury, coma, and cerebral palsy are some of the potential candidates for this system. Although the system has been proven to be most effective with hemianopic patients, other individuals having severe visual field restriction from such conditions as retinitis pigmentosa and glaucoma may also benefit.
The Gottlieb Visual Field Awareness System is proving to be an asset in ensuring greater success in the rehabilitation and habilitation of a significant and increasingly larger population who suffer from visual loss and neglect.
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