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Eye–Hand Coordination Rehabilitation Research

At NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, John-Ross (J.R.) Rizzo, MD, MSCI, is studying interactions between the neural codes that plan eye and arm movements so he can develop functional visual rehabilitation programs to improve patient outcomes.

As director of Rusk Rehabilitation’s Visuomotor Integration Laboratory, Dr. Rizzo and his team have identified the individual components of eye–hand control.

A clearer understanding of the interrelationship between eye and arm movements has enabled his labs to develop technology designed to train eye–hand coordination. Dr. Rizzo and team then looked at patients who had a stroke to see if this new technology improved eye–hand coordination after finding that their ability to accurately reach for objects was impaired.

Similar to a video game, the technology provides patients with visuospatial cues in real time. As patients gaze at an object across the table and reach for it, the technology takes precise measurements and detects when their gaze is not aligned with the center of the target. The technology then cues patients to pay attention to their eye movements, in effect, serving as a guidance system to enable patients to resynchronize their movements and improve accuracy.

The Visuomotor Integration Laboratory

The Visuomotor Integration Laboratory’s mission is to understand how eye control is integrated with arm control. This unprecedented step forward in the vastly underserved field of physiatric visual rehabilitation holds significant promise for functional independence for the visually, motorically, or visuomotorically impaired.

The laboratory serves people with acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular accident, or stroke, and works to provide a better understanding of dyssynergia or motor incoordination as it relates to both eye and limb control. Focusing on the sensorimotor limitations in acquired brain injury as it interfaces with vision and upper extremity task demands, the laboratory hopes to unlock diagnostic and therapeutic insights into motor recovery and rehabilitation.

Recent Publications

Feasibility and Clinician Perspectives of the Visual Symptoms and Signs Screen: A Multisite Pilot Study

Roberts, Pamela S.; Wertheimer, Jeffrey; Ouellette, Debra; Hreha, Kimberly; Watters, Kelsey; Fielder, Jaimee; Graf, Min Jeong P.; Weden, Kathleen M.; Rizzo, John Ross

Topics in geriatric rehabilitation. 2024 Jan 01; 40:69-76

Implementing Remote Patient Monitoring of Physical Activity in Clinical Practice

McCarthy, Margaret; Jevotovsky, David; Mann, Devin; Veerubhotla, Akhila; Muise, Eleanor; Whiteson, Jonathan; Rizzo, John Ross

Rehabilitation nursing. 2023 Nov-Dec 01; 48:209-215

Disparities in Breast Cancer Patients with Disabilities: Care Gaps, Accessibility, and Best Practices

Keegan, Grace; Rizzo, John-Ross; Joseph, Kathie-Ann

Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2023 Oct 09; 115:1139-1144

Methodological Issues Relevant to Blinding in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research

Annaswamy, Thiru; Cunniff, Kegan; Rizzo, J R; Naeimi, Tahereh; Kumbhare, Dinesh; Batavia, Mitchell

American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2023 Jul 01; 102:636-644

Virtual reality as a means to explore assistive technologies for the visually impaired

Ricci, Fabiana Sofia; Boldini, Alain; Ma, Xinda; Beheshti, Mahya; Geruschat, Duane R; Seiple, William H; Rizzo, John-Ross; Porfiri, Maurizio

PLOS digital health. 2023 Jun ; 2:e0000275

Wearables for Persons with Blindness and Low Vision: Form Factor Matters

Han, Yangha Hank; Beheshti, Mahya; Jones, Blake; Hudson, Todd E; Seiple, William H; Rizzo, John-Ross Jr

Assistive technology. 2023 May 31; 1-4

The BLV App Arcade: a new curated repository and evaluation rubric for mobile applications supporting blindness and low vision

Liu, Bennett M; Beheshti, Mahya; Naeimi, Tahareh; Zhu, Zhigang; Vedanthan, Rajesh; Seiple, William; Rizzo, John-Ross

Disability & rehabilitation. Assistive technology. 2023 Mar 16; 1-10

A Smart Service System for Spatial Intelligence and Onboard Navigation for Individuals with Visual Impairment (VIS4ION Thailand): study protocol of a randomized controlled trial of visually impaired students at the Ratchasuda College, Thailand

Beheshti, Mahya; Naeimi, Tahereh; Hudson, Todd E; Feng, Chen; Mongkolwat, Pattanasak; Riewpaiboon, Wachara; Seiple, William; Vedanthan, Rajesh; Rizzo, John-Ross

Trials. 2023 Mar 07; 24:169