RPB researcher Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D., left, developed the computer system that exercises the brain, forcing it to develop to compensate for the damage caused by stroke. Patients who completed the study regained at least some of their vision, and some even were able to drive again. (Photo by Richard Baker)
By doing a set of vigorous visual exercises on a computer every day for several months, patients who had gone partially blind as a result of a stroke regained some vision. Some could drive again. "This is a type of brain damage that clinicians and scientists have long believed you simply can't recover from. It's devastating, and patients are usually sent home to somehow deal with it the best they can," said the RPB researcher.