Reviews and surveys



The aim of our integrative review is to bring together evidence relating to stroke-related visual impairment in terms of screening assessments, treatment, health inequalities and quality of life.

Publication references

Hanna, K.L. Rowe, F.J. (2017) Health inequalities associated with post-stroke visual impairment in the United Kingdom and Ireland: a systematic review. Neuro-Ophthalmology, 41 (3) 117-136.

Hanna, K.L. Hepworth, L.R. Rowe, F.J. (2017) The treatment methods for post-stroke visual impairment: a systematic review. Brain and Behaviour, 7 (5). DOI: 10.1002/brb3.682

Hanna, K.L. Hepworth. L.R. Rowe, F.J. (2016) Screening methods for post-stroke visual impairment: a systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39 (25) 2531-2543.

Hepworth, L.R. Rowe, F.J. (2016) Visual impairment following stroke – the impact on quality of life: a systematic review. Ophthalmology Research, 5 (2).

Patient reported outcome measures

A variety of questionnaires exist to capture patient experiences and attitudes towards their state of health, vision and well-being. These include vision- and health-specific measures addressing quality of life and activities of daily living.

Our systematic review will evaluate the range of outcome measures that exist to capture information on visual impairment and evaluate their applicability to the stroke population.

Publication reference

Hepworth, L.R. Rowe, F.J. Harper, R. Jarvis, K. Shipman, T. Rodgers, H. (2015) Patient reported outcome measures for visual impairment after stroke: a systematic review. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 13 (146).

Interventions for eye movement disorders due to acquired brain injury

Eye movement disorders following stroke are typically due to damage to the neural pathways that control eye movements. Up to 68% of stroke survivors with visual symptoms have eye movement disorders and these impact by causing a range of difficulties including inability to maintain normal ocular alignment or move the eyes appropriately.

Our systematic review of interventions for eye movement disorders in patients with acquired brain injury will seek to synthesise the current evidence base, to guide current practice and aid in the development of well-designed randomised controlled trials.

Protocol reference:

Rowe FJ, Noonan CP, Garcia-Finana M, Dodridge CS, Howard C, Jarvis KA, MacDiarmid SL, Maan T, North L, Rodgers H. Interventions for eye movement disorders due to acquired brain injury (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD011290. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011290.

Prospero register:

Alongside this review we will conduct an international survey of orthoptic practice and interventions to capture information on procedures and options for visual rehabilitation for eye movement disorders.