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My 7 year old daughter had a stroke. Her seizures were not controlled by medications. In Mar she underwent a right hemispherectomy, the right 1/2 of her brain was removed. This left her with a left field of vision cut. I would like to hear from anyone with experience in this area. Thank you.

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My nine year old daughter had brain resection surgery to help control epileptic seizures, but her field of vision has been cut pretty significantly. A local opthamologist prescribed a treatment involving staring at a colored (green) light for 20 minutes and walking in a figure-eight for five minutes while staring at a fixed point.

Does anyone know if these procedures are safe, effective or quackery? Any thoughts on whether they could trigger seizures or exacerbate her epilepsy?



My wife has a left visual field cut as a result of a stroke.
We have been looking into the nova vision but not only
is it expensive, but by their own lititure, only 70% of
patients experience about 6% improvement. I would very much like to hear from someone who has some
experience with the nova vision. Gary



I work with NovaVision, and I read this message board with interest. After reviewing this thread, I wanted to provide some information and clear up any confusion about NovaVision and its Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT).

First, unfortunately, it does not sound like VRT would be a viable solution for the young girl described at the beginning of the thread. Because of her young age and the hemispherectomy, she would not be an ideal candidate. However, NovaVision is an option to be considered for adults who have experienced vision loss as a direct result of neurological disorders such as stroke, head injuries, optic nerve injuries, and brain tumors. I urge any adult with such a medical history to see a physician. To find a medical center offering VRT in your area, please visit

As for the mention of VRT’s cost and financing, at this time, patients are responsible for the home therapy cost of VRT. If you have Medicare, a portion of your visits to the VRT Center may be covered. If you have other insurance, you should check with your insurance company about whether these physician visits are covered. If not, you will be responsible for the cost. Centers that administer Vision Restoration Therapy may offer financing options through a third-party financial institution to provide an alternative payment method that you can use to cover the costs of VRT.

I hope this information is helpful to the community. Please visit if you would like to learn more about VRT or have additional questions.


D. Holland


Try contacting the american stroke association, I noticed in one of their Stroke connection, Storeys that a young lady of 6 had a stroke and later finished college at the university of Toledo obtaining a degree in Engineering. Again God Bless & good luck.


Ihave not had the Surgery to remove brain tissue, but I have agood deal of damage from my stroke which occurred in Dec. of 2001. my seizures appear to be controlled(last occurance in July 2002) "Nova" vision advertises in publications for stroke patients about successful Therapudic training. seems expensive and generally not covered by insurance. God BLess you ineffort to help your youngster


I am only familiar with homonymous hemianopsia as a result of a stroke, where one side of the visual field is lost on each side. So, if your daughter has no vision in the left visual field of each eye, she is missing the outer visual field in the left eye and the nasal inner visual field in the right eye. Therefore, she would have a disruption in her field of view. You will probably see her start to position her head to the left in order to compensate and center her vision more.

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