This week @RCOT_NP are hosting this is what they had to say
Two-thirds of individuals experience changes in their vision after a stroke. This can be due to reduced central vision, a defect in the control of ocular muscles, visual field loss and changes in the way that the brain processes visual information (visual perception). For most people, vision is essential for occupations and occupational therapists often become involved when changes to vision affect performance and independence. Assessments of visual perception have long been considered by occupational therapists to be their domain, however, without specialist knowledge of vision, there is a risk of inaccurate conclusions being drawn from assessment findings.
Orthoptists are allied health professionals who are experts in how the eyes move and work together. They are specialists in assessing vision and have an expert understanding of how neurological deficits affect how people see (British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) website – https://www.orthoptics.org.uk/about-us/). Orthoptists work with adults and children with a wide range of conditions which affect vision but they are particularly valued in stroke assessment and rehabilitation as their contribution can inform the person with stroke, the family and the multidisciplinary team, on how to manage vision to optimise the benefit of rehabilitation.
We are delighted that our orthoptist colleagues representing BIOS are joining us for this tweetchat. We will be using the usual format with introductions followed by four questions. Each question is usually tweeted at 15 minute intervals but for this tweetchat, we will be allowing more time for questions one and four. The questions are:
1. How can vision be affected after stroke?
2. What is the role of the orthoptist with people following a stroke?
3. What is the role of the occupational therapist when a stroke has affected a person’s vision?
4. What intervention and management strategies are provided by orthoptists and occupational therapists for people whose vision has been affected by stroke?
We look forward to interacting with your tweets and to welcoming orthoptists to this OTalk session.