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Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 127–133 | Cite as

Low-Vision Rehabilitation by Means of MP-1 Biofeedback Examination in Patients with Different Macular Diseases: A Pilot Study

  • Enzo M. Vingolo
  • Serena Salvatore
  • Sonia Cavarretta
Article

Abstract

Macular disease is one of the main causes of visual impairment. We studied the efficacy of low-vision rehabilitation by means of MP-1 biofeedback examination in patients with different macular disease. Five patients were enrolled (3 female and 2 male, mean age 53.8 years) and a total of 9 eyes was examined: 2 eyes with vitelliform dystrophy, 1 with a post-traumatic macular scar, 2 with Stargardt disease, 2 with myopic macular degeneration, 2 with cone dystrophy. All the patients underwent the following tests: visual acuity, reading speed, fixation test, MP-1 microperimetry. Low-vision rehabilitation, which lasted 10 weeks, consisted of 10 training sessions of 10 min for each eye, performed once a week using the MP-1 biofeedback examination. Statistical analysis was performed using Student’s t-test. p values less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant. After training all patients displayed an improvement in visual acuity, fixation behaviour, retinal sensitivity and reading speed. Fixation behaviour within the 2° diameter circle improved and was statistically significant for reading speed (p = 0.01). Reading speed improved from a mean value of 64.3 to 92 words/min. Our results show that audio feedback can, by increasing attentional modulation, help the brain to fix the final preferred retinal locus. Audio feedback facilitates stimuli transmission between intraretinal neurons as well as between the retina and brain, which is where the highest level of stimuli processing occurs, thereby probably supporting a “remapping phenomenon”.

Keywords

Biofeedback Low-vision rehabilitation Macular disease MP-1 microperimeter Preferred retinal locus (PRL) Scotoma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enzo M. Vingolo
    • 1
  • Serena Salvatore
    • 2
  • Sonia Cavarretta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, Alfredo Fiorini Hospital“La Sapienza” University, Polo PontinoTerracinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Ophthalmology“La Sapienza” UniversityRomeItaly

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