Spontaneous recovery and treatment effects in patients with homonymous visual field defects: A meta-analysis of existing literature in terms of the ICF framework

de Haan, G. A., Heutink, J., Melis-Dankers, B., Tucha, O. & Brouwer, W. H., 2014, In : Survey of Ophthalmology. 59, 1, p. 77-96 20 p.

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Homonymous visual field defects (HVFDs) are a common consequence of posterior brain injury. Most patients do not recover spontaneously and require rehabiliation. To determine whether a certain intervention may help an individual patient, it is necessary to predict the patient's level of functioning and the effect of specific training. We provide an overview of both the existing literature on HVFDs in terms of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) components and the variables predicting the functioning of HVFD patients or the effect of treatment. We systematically analyzed 221 publications on HVFD. All variables included in these articles were classified according to the ICF, as developed by the World Health Organization, and checked for their predictive value. We found that ICF helps to clarify the scope of the existing literature and provides a framework for designing future studies, which should consider including more outcome measures related to Activities and Participation. Although several factors have been described that predict HVFD patients' level of functioning or the effects of training, additional research is necessary to identify more. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-96
Number of pages20
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • homonymous visual field defects, hemianopia, occipital lobes, ICF, rehabilitation, predictors, treatment outcome, body functions, activities, participation, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, VISION RESTORATION THERAPY, POSTERIOR CEREBRAL-ARTERY, BRAIN-DAMAGED PATIENTS, EYE-MOVEMENT PATTERNS, OPTIC TRACT SYNDROME, HEMIANOPIC PATIENTS, STROKE PATIENTS, EVOKED-POTENTIALS, RESIDUAL VISION

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