Neuro-Ophthalmic Optometrists Explain Visual Stroke Symptoms

Neuro-Ophthalmic Optometrists Explain Visual Stroke Symptoms
On Wednesday, May 17, Drs. Kelly Malloy and Erin Draper presented “Increase Your Understanding of Stroke,” at the latest Salus-sponsored Ambler YMCA Lunch and Learn session.

As optometrists who both specialize in neuro-ophthalmic disease, Drs. Malloy and Draper explained the common visual symptoms people may experience following a stroke, including sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, double vision, shaky vision or other visual perception problems.

They also provided an overview of understanding stroke risk factors, tips on how to decrease one’s stroke risk and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke. Dr. Draper hopes participants have a better understanding of what a stroke is and what measures individuals can take to prevent a stroke.

“If you suspect a stroke, even if you are not sure, you should call 911 immediately,” she said. “Eighty percent of strokes are preventable. Healthy lifestyles and regularly seeing your primary care physician are important to aid in prevention.”

The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University provides a wide range of comprehensive and specialty eye care services. TEI’s optometrists can evaluate a stroke patient’s visual deficits and recommend a personalized treatment plan such as vision therapy.

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