This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions ischemic stroke, visual field defect
Treatment training with vision teacher (visual rehabilitation)
Sponsor Haukeland University Hospital
Collaborator Helse Stavanger HF
Start date August 2013
End date September 2015
Trial size 75 participants
Trial identifier NCT02307981, 2012/2307


Patients who suffer an ischemic stroke in the occipital lobe often experience Visual Field defects. Visual Field defects are negatively correlated to falling, institutionalisation, rehabilitation outcome and quality of life. Patients are often not properly examined and seldom receive rehabilitation. NOR-OCCIP aims to evaluate the Natural history of Visual Field defects after occipital infarction and to determine whether rehabilitation is effective.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective prospective
Patients With occipital ischemic stroke and Visual Field defect that live in a geographical region where training With vision teacher is an available service (vision Teachers are a Limited Resource in Norway)
training with vision teacher (visual rehabilitation)
Individually adapted training With vision teacher
Patients With occipital ischemic stroke and a Visual Field defect, who live in a geographical area where training With vision teacher is not an available service.

Primary Outcomes

Visual Field defect
time frame: 6 months

Secondary Outcomes

Change in Visual function
time frame: 6 months
Quality of life and self reported Visual function
time frame: 6 months
time frame: One week

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Written consent obtained, - age >18, - acute occipital infarction on brain imaging and ability to cooperate for examination with autoperimetry Exclusion Criteria: - Pathological processes that severely affect eyesight.

Additional Information

Official title Management and Outcome of Visual Field Defects in Occipital Infarction (NOR-OCCIP)- A Multi-center Prospective Study
Principal investigator Kristin Modalsli Sand, MD
Description BACKGROUND: Visual Field defects after cerebral infarction is an increasingly acknowledged problem, which has consequences for patient outcome. The aim of the Norwegian Occipital Ischemic Stroke Study (NOR-OCCIP) is to: 1.) Improve clinical diagnostics and management of visual field defects in occipital stroke. 2.) Identify and estimate the need for visual rehabilitation among patients with VFD by studying the natural course and the rate of spontaneous recovery. 3.) Study the effect of visual rehabilitation both on visual function as well as on quality of life. METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic occipital stroke on MRI are recruited from Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. Patients are included for a period of 1.5 years, starting August 15th 2013. Patients are eligible for inclusion if >18 years, written consent is obtained and the patient is able to co-operate to examination with autoperimetry. Within one week patients are examined by ophthalmologist after a standardized protocol including autoperimetry. During week four patients are examined by vision teacher after a standardized protocol and a structured interview on vision specific function and quality of life (VFQ-25) is conducted by a study nurse via telephone. If visual rehabilitation is provided by the municipality in which the patient lives, the patient will be referred to such. Eye examination including autoperimetry, vision teacher assessment and VFQ-25 is repeated after 6 months. All patients will be registered in the national stroke registry, and the following variables will be analysed: Demographic variables, lifestyle factors, clinical status at admission (scores on NIHSS), clinical status at discharge and 3 months post-stroke (scores on modified Rankin Scale). So far 62 patients have been included. Limited research exists on visual impairment after cerebral infarction. It is important to establish the natural course of visual impairment after ischemic stroke, and to evaluate the effect of visual rehabilitation.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2015.
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