(WICHITA, Kan.)—There is a new treatment tool in Wichita to help stroke patients and those suffering from some brain injuries. The technology uses light patterns to regain visual function, balance and more.
It may look like a type of video game, but every time Buford Curry hits a light on time, he's re-training his brain to react like it used to.
Just two weeks ago, Curry suffered a second stroke during open heart surgery.
"After they did the quadruple bypass, I could not move this hand at all on my left side," Curry said.
Now Curry is working with therapists at Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in West Wichita. Two months ago, it got the Dynavision D2 light training board..
Dynavision was originally designed just for athletes to help with peripheral vision and hand eye coordination, but doctors quickly realized it could be used to help stroke patients and those with severe brain injuries.
"Even if we are very aged in our 80s or 90s, injured brains can learn to do new things," said Neuro Optometry Specialist Dr. Patrick Pirotte. "This type of technique asks them to do that."
Curry is recovering quickly, and doctors say he'll be ready to go home to Anthony, Kansas next week
"He is doing fantastic," said Occupational Therapist Sandra Graham. "We want people to be released from here, going back to their activities of daily living, going back to doing what they used to do and being safe doing it."
Still, Curry knows he has a long way to go on his road to recovery
"Can't give up, got to keep going," Curry said.
Dynavision technology is also being used in Hutchinson, Salina, Overland Park and Kansas City.