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Vision Task Force


The visual system is one of our most important senses. It enables us to gather and process information and determines how we will interact with our dynamic environment. Neurological diseases or insults can leave patients with some degree of visual, perceptual, and/or cognitive dysfunction. A neglected component in therapies to improve function is a clear understanding of eye-hand coordination even though harmonization between eye and hand movement is required for all functional activities.

The mission of this task force is to understand how vision, visual motor, and visual perceptual training can be generalized to limb training to improve coordination and functional performance and develop the field of functional vision rehabilitation. Further, our task force will investigate the role of eye movements in eye-hand coordination and in the recovery of motor control in patients with stroke. We hope to stimulate research that will build a logical foundation to integrate the principles of eye-hand coordination into clinical practice to improve functional ability.

The Vision Task Force is a group comprised of clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to elucidating these serious concerns. Aside from the development of functional vision rehabilitation for ocular ailments, our secondary goals involve promulgating information regarding the importance of visual deficits and the clinical situations where they may be prevalent, in addition to advocating for public policy to take a stronger stance on assisting those with vision impediments and allocating healthcare resources appropriately.

To learn more and participate, contact the task force co-chairs.



John Ross Rizzo, MD

John Ross Rizzo, MD


Assistant Professor
Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center

Kimberly Hreha, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Kimberly Hreha, EdD, MS, OTR/L


Stroke Clinical Research Coordinator
University of Washington

GOALS for 2020-2021

  • Meet regularly
  • Complete data acquisition for and publish results of our multi-site study
  • Submit a symposium for ACRM 2021



  • Met regularly
  • Submitted a symposium
  • Started a multi-site assessment study at 7 different sites nationwide
  • Published an article: Hreha, K., Weden, K., Perea, J., Roberts, P., & Rizzo, J.R. (2020 published online). A model for vision rehabilitation and the role of the physiatrist on the interdisciplinary team. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PMID:32701638