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New Therapy Program Allows Doctors to Prescribe Computer Games on iPad to Treat Visual Impairment

 

KINGSTON, Pa., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Children and adults suffering from visual impairment due to autism, brain injury, stroke or a variety of other conditions can now get help from a revolutionary new therapy program using specially designed games and activities played on an iPad!

The Oculomotor Therapy Program uses a web-based application in which patients access a variety of games for iPad that treat visual system dysfunction and strengthen visual skills. The application was created by developmental optometrist, Dr. Jeffrey Becker, and neuropsychologist Dr. Robert Bohlander.   The partners treat patients at the NeuroSensory Center of Eastern Pennsylvania in Kingston, PA.  The center is a specialty facility that offers diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, such as autism, ADHD, concussion and head injury, migraines, stroke and functional vision disorders.

Becker and Bohlander partnered with a computer game programmer and a special education teacher to develop the iPad program. It is designed to be used by prescribing doctors who treat patients with visual motor deficits and dysfunction related to visual closure, visual motor integration, visual tracking, eye-hand coordination, three-dimensional perception and other conditions causing visual impairment. These problems can affect quality of life in many areas, from academic to athletic to emotional. 

What separates the program from computer games available for recreational use is that the Oculomotor Therapy games are designed so that doctors can monitor patient progress in real time, and change the parameters of the therapy, such as stimulus speed and frequency.  Each time a patient uses the program, the prescribing doctor can track progress online and immediately adjust the prescribed game activities to match patient goals.

The Oculomotor Therapy Program combines the fun of playing a game with carefully monitored therapeutic benefits, and can be used anywhere there is access to the internet.  There are currently16 different game activities, with new games in development.  Each has multiple levels of difficulty designed to address vision problems of different levels of severity.

Patient access to the Oculomotor Therapy Program is available only through an approved doctor who is knowledgeable about vision function disorders. A list of approved doctors can be obtained from the NeuroSensory Center at info@keystonensc.com or by calling (570)763-0054.

CONTACT:  Jeffrey Becker, O.D., +1-570-763-0054, info@keystonensc.com

SOURCE NeuroSensory Center of Eastern Pennsylvania

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