Acquisition of a VisualEyes 505M

Funding provided: $10,500

The REA Foundation is providing up to $10,500 to fund the purchase of specialized equipment to help the specialists at Lucie Bruneau provide more effective treatments for vestibular disorders.

Over the last few years, vestibular disorders have become better understood and easier to identify. Dizziness and loss of balance have an enormous impact on a person’s autonomy and quality of life, and hinders their progress in rehabilitation. The stroke program and other neurological programs at the Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Lucie-Bruneau are seeing an increase in referrals in physiotherapy directly related to these problems. In fact, 40 to 60% of patients in physiotherapy present vestibular problems that need to be assessed and treated.

Concrete progress

Vestibular disorders can be peripheral (the vestibular system in the inner ear) or central (the brain). Good assessment makes it possible to target the cause of the dizziness and offer a treatment plan adapted to the person’s condition. Currently, professionals must conduct their assessment using the naked eye due to a lack of specialized equipment. However, certain clinical tests require the use of assessment goggles that prevent visual fixation and facilitate diagnosis. Acquisition of this equipment will refine assessments and eliminate false negatives related to compensation through visual fixation. It will also provide opportunities for peer self-training by analyzing the recordings.

Above all, the main objective is to have a greater impact on function and quality of life for the patients suffering from these disorders.

Exponential positive effect

In addition to stroke patients, many of the patients served at Lucie-Bruneau suffer from chronic pain, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. Since vestibular disorders, whether peripheral or central, can occur in all of these cases, the vestibular goggles can be used by all of the Centre’s  physiotherapists.