At Retinology Institute, Natalia specialises in Eccentric Viewing Training.
What is Eccentric Viewing?
Eccentric viewing is a technique used to optimise vision when central vision is lost due to macular dysfunction. Eccentric viewing occurs when the person looks off center or past the object of interest to view it with their side vision.
What is MAIA Eccentric Viewing Training?
Natalia has developed a unique training program, which utilises the new technology offered by the Macular Integrity Assessment (MAIA) instrument. This program is exclusive to Retinology Institute, and is not offered elsewhere in Australia.
The training occurs over approximately 8 sessions and the program is individually tailored to meet personalised goals. An initial appointment is required to establish eligibility before starting the program.
What are the benefits of Eccentric Viewing Training?
The program offers a range of benefits including:
- Improve fixation stability
- Improve detail vision
- General improvement of vision for everyday activities
- Enhanced functional vision for independence, self-confidence and social-inclusion.
During eccentric viewing training the MAIA analyses visual fixation stability. Visual fixation is the ability for the eye to stay still at a single retinal location so the image can be seen. In a healthy eye, the retinal area used for fixation is the macular. When there is damage to the macular region, fixation stability degrades and this compounds the vision loss. People with poor fixation stability report the image to “jump” or move around.
The MAIA records information about fixation stability by identifying each retinal fixation point (represented by the aquamarine dots in the images above) and tracking eye movements (fixation graph on the right).
The eccentric viewing program has shown to improve fixation stability. The above left image and the top graph shows the fixation stability of a patient at the start of the eccentric viewing training program. The tighter cluster of fixation points shown in the top right image and reduced peaks of fixations movements shown on the bottom graph reflect improvement of visual fixation stability using Natalia’s unique eccentric viewing training method. This patient’s fixation stability rate improved from 47% to 95%. This patient went from being unable to read large text to being able to read fine print on a menu after completing the program.
“ I am able to see my children’s faces more clearly”
“I was able to read the menu when we went out. I could not have done this before the training”
“This training has given me back my confidence. It has opened up a whole universe I did not think was possible before”
“I used my eccentric viewing point to see the price tag on a blouse that I wanted to buy….and then I put it back on the rack.”