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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Offers NovaVision Therapy Restoring Vision Loss Caused by Stroke & Brain Injury

Personalized Therapy May Improve Eyesight Without Surgery or Medications

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 9, 2005)- Partial blindness caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury, once considered untreatable, may now be improved using a new non-invasive therapy offered by Morton Plant Hospital's Neuroscience Program. The therapy called NovaVision VRT(tm) Vision Restoration Therapy(tm) (VRT) helps restore sight by reactivating nerve cell activity related to vision.

NovaVision VRT(tm) identifies and stimulates regions in the patient's visual field that are partly damaged by stroke or trauma. The therapy involves the use of an FDA-cleared medical device and is done in the privacy and comfort of the patient's home. The monitor of the device displays hundreds of visual stimulations that are viewed in 30-minute sessions, twice a day, six days a week. During each session, the eyes focus onto a specific point and respond when stimuli are seen on the monitor. Through repetitive use, the stimuli over time activate neurons, strengthening and restoring some of the patient's visual functions.

"Vision problems following a stroke are common," said Jo Simpson, R.N., manager, Morton Plant Neuroscience Clinical and Outpatient Services. "Patients may experience blurred vision or loss of peripheral vision that can't be corrected by wearing glasses. NovaVision therapy is providing new hope for these patients and improving their quality of life."

According to developer and distributor NovaVision, Inc., more than 65 percent of the 800 patients treated with VRT experienced measurable improvements in vision.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Since 1999 Morton Plant has been awarded 13 Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. Morton Plant also has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone, Amy Morrow, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager