IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation

Treat visual field deficits with stimulation of multisensory neurons. From the ten-year collaboration between IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, Scientific Institute for Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry of Calambrone (Pisa) and Linari Engineering, the AVDESK medical device has been developed, capable of exploiting cerebral plasticity with the possibility of making the visual-acoustic multisensory neurons specialized in the visual response only. In this way the subject will be able to develop a very effective compensation mechanism which is to move the eyes in the direction of the blind visual field and sometimes acquiring an unconscious type of vision.

"The experimental project involves patients, adults or children, with acquired brain lesions that determine a total (hemianopia) or partial (quadrantopsia) campimetric deficit - says Francesca Tinelli, head of the IRCCS Vision Laboratory - and are caused by pathologies such as stroke, cerebral ischemia, trauma or other disorders that compromise the occipital cortex of the brain and optical radiation. Patients lose sight of what is happening around them, especially in some directions ".


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