What is DREX?

Here in the psychology department at Durham University we have been visual field defects and have been developing training programs that may be used in the rehabilitation of such impairments. The aim of our training is not to try and restore the lost vision but rather to help people to learn compensatory strategies to help them overcome the difficulties which they experience due to their partial blindness.

DREX (Durham Reading and Exploration training) is a free-to-download app available on the google play and apple store. DREX training can be used to compensate for partial visual loss following stroke or brain injury. This partial blindness is one of the most common and disabling consequences of brain damage and stroke, with the visual loss impacting on numerous everyday activities like crossing the street, avoiding obstacles, shopping, reading and driving.

DREX is self-adjusting allowing people to train themselves easily in their own home. It involves a series of tasks which encourage visual exploration. These gradually get more difficult thereby promoting the development of more efficient eye-movements and increased visual awareness. Half of the training is also specifically tailored towards improving reading, a common problem associated with visual field loss.

For more information about the training then please visit our website at http://www.durham.ac.uk/drex. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for further information by emailing drex.training@durham.ac.uk or speaking with the DREX Project Manager Dr. Stephen Dunne by email at s.d.dunne@durham.ac.uk or by phone at +44 (0)191 335 0105.

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