The way a person can see is sometimes changed after they have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), such as a stroke or head injury. A visual inattention or visual neglect may occur.
A person is still usually able to see with a visual inattention, but they may find it difficult to see everything at once. This becomes harder if there is more to look at, or if the person is tired. It can be difficult to identify a visual inattention because it might only occur at certain times.
A person with a visual inattention from an Acquired Brain Injury may find it difficult to see objects on one side. They may also bump into objects when walking, such as a chair or doorframe and they may not be safe to cross roads on their own. Often they will be unaware they are not seeing the whole picture which may put them at risk.
A person may have both a visual inattention and a visual field loss with an Acquired Brain Injury.
Guide Dogs SA/NT can help people with visual inattention. Assessment and training programs can help them to maximise the use of their remaining vision. The training is available in hospital or at home. Referrals can be made by any health professional, family member or friend on the person’s behalf, as long as the person has given their permission.