Of the 30,000 who suffer a stroke each year, one third becomes visually impaired as a result of this and the visual impairment causes many problems. The SMS-Projekt (Stroke Means Sight problems) aims to help target people with reduced vision after a stroke by making visual rehabilitation an integrated part of the stroke patient’s rehabilitation process. The project is unique and works with the ambition to eventually help affected people throughout Sweden.

The project is a three-year collaboration between the Stroke Association Kalmar, Kalmar Vision Centre and Stroke Clinic Kalmar and funded with support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund. The financial resources helps the group stroke patients with visual impairments to use their reduced vision in the best possible way.

The units that are now collaborating were previously working in parallel with each other but the fact that a collaboration now begins is the first of its kind. The project team in Kalmar believes that low vision rehabilitation will be helpful for many and until now it has been difficult as an affected person to get help with eyesight problems.

Low vision rehabilitation consists of (among other things) eye training and low vision therapist Krister Inde has helped design the project.

The target group consists of active people aged between 20 and 80 years, but it is not the age that is important but rather that people are motivated and have a stable situation after stroke or brain injury. It must have occurred between three and eighteen months ago. Primarily the project is for people from Kalmar, but if there are people who can have good use of our project and are able to provide valuable experience and knowledge back to us, then we will consider it. Obviously, we strive to have a gender balance in the group.

Project material

Two videos about how research managers in the Netherlands and Linköping look at driving tests. Bart Melis Dankers at The Automobily Project is a role model for us at The SMS Project in Kalmar. Björn Peters describes the view on the structure of The Computerized Driving Simulator that is now moved from Gothenburg to Linköping.

The video below ”Loss of vision in midlife” is a movie that describes the project.

Engligsh presentations from our seminar 150512

BART MELIS DANKERS LECTURE (downloadable power-point file)

KARTHIKEYAN BASKARANS PRESENTATION ON RESULTS (downloadable power-point file)

KARTHIKEYAN BASKARANS PRESENTATION ON PRISMS (downloadable pdf file)

Project group

Krister Inde
Low vision therapist Indenova, project manager

Anette Danielsson
Stroke Nurse at The Stroke Clinic

Gun Olsson
Low vision therapist at The Vision Center

Ulla Bigelius
Occupational therapist

Maritha Hultgren
Assistant nurse

Reference group

This group meets a few times a year and consists of the following persons (together with the project group)

Anna-Carin Birgersgård
The Stroke Association

Roland Lilja
The Stroke Association

Steve Sjögren
SRF Kalmar

Johan Moberg
Department of Ophthalmology

Madeleine de Jong
The Stroke Clinic

Peter Lewis
Linné University

Other contributors

Karin Olsson och Eva-Lotte Haglund
Orthoptists

Susanne Berggren och Cecilia Svanfeldt
Optician

Eva Irene Nordhagen
Vision therapist, Hurdal Center

Arne Tömta
Hurdal Center

Johan Ekblad
SYAB, driving instructor

Bart Melis Dankers
VISIO, Holland

Björn Peters och Jan Andersson
VTI

Kirsten Kobberö
Optician, Communication Center, Copenhagen

Martin Hellström
Multilens

Märta Barthold Lindstedt
Karolinska Hospital, Huddinge

Partners

In addition to the main organizations we collaborate with:

Department of Ophthalmology in Tubingen

VISIO in the Netherlands

The Norwegian Blind Association´s courses in Hurdal

Karolinska Hospital Stroke rehab group

Polar Print, Multilens

Olivia Rehabilitation

Linné University

Communication Center Main Region, Köpenhamn

Chadwick Opticals, USA

Scheppens Eye Research Center, Boston

SYAB Driving education Kalmar

The Swedish Road and Traffic Research Institute

The Swedish Transport Agency

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The Swedish Inheritance Fund

The project is managed in collaboration with The Swedish Inheritance Fund. More information can be found at their website www.arvsfonden.se where we also publish updates from our project. A final report will be published during the autumn of 2015.

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