DAVID GRANOVSKY

Glasses could help stroke victims

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on September 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

GLASSES TO HELP STROKE VICTIMS

Spectacles that help rewire the brain are being used to help frail and elderly patients walk again.

The specs, which cost around £1,600 and were developed in Israel, are designed for those who are unsteady on their feet.

They work by prompting the brain to send signals to nerves in the legs and feet to get moving.

Specs appeal: Glasses that help rewire the brain are being used to help frail and elderly patients who are unsteady on their feet

Specs appeal: Glasses that help rewire the brain are being used to help frail and elderly patients who are unsteady on their feet

One of the most effective ways of doing this is to project an image of a tiled black and white floor in front of the patient’s eyes.

As the patient steps forward, this image appears in the corner of each eyepiece. The floor appears to move towards them as their body advances. This provides a continuous brain prompt to stimulate movement.

Boosting activity in the elderly can improve muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls and fractures.

via Health news: The stem cell jab for prostate cancer and how glasses could help stroke victims | Mail Online.

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