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More about Vision Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis

Eugene F. May

In my blog post from last September, I discussed a questionnaire that is being studied to evaluate the visual quality of life in people living with MS, the “NEI-VFQ-25.” This questionnaire, along with vision function tests and tests of optic nerve and visual pathway health, are being used increasingly to assess the quality of vision and vision’s impact on the function and quality of life of those with MS.

Another vision-related test that is being studied in people with MS is called the King-Devick (K-D) test, which is more of a visual performance test than a test of vision itself. The K-D test involves the person reading aloud a list of numbers on three separate cards in order as quickly as possible. The numbers on each successive card become progressively more crowded, making it increasingly harder to read them quickly. The amount of time it takes to read all three cards is the K-D time score. The whole test takes less than two minutes.

Unlike more simple tests of vision (visual acuity, low contrast acuity, color vision, peripheral vision) that are used in evaluating MS, performing well on the K-D test requires  ...

Country Music Artist Clay Walker Visits the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Country music artist, Clay Walker, visited the Swedish MS Center last Tuesday, touring the clinic with medical director, James Bowen. Having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS 19 years ago, Clay was interested in learning more about comprehensive care for MS. After researching MS Centers around the country, Clay decided to visit a handful of centers that offer the best comprehensive programs.

Walker believes an emphasis on non-medical aspects of the disease could benefit patients. He was particularly interested in learning about the MS Center’s physical rehabilitation program and wellness offerings including, gym access with specialized equipment for MS patients, exercise training, Pilates, and Yoga. Walker was also eager to learn about the MS Center’s emotional wellness offerings including psychology, psychiatry, support groups, music and pet therapy, and the annual art show. Other areas covered during his tour were elements of community wellness including social work, vocational counseling, workshops on stress management, and social events such as the MS Center summer BBQ and winter seasonal celebration. These programs assist with keeping individuals with MS involved in the broader community.


The country star’s visit happened to coincide with one of the MS Center’s regularly scheduled music therapy sessions.

HPV vaccination and risk of MS

Pavle Repovic, MD, PhD
As long as the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, it will be tempting – for patients and doctors alike – to search for an explanation among events that occurred before the diagnosis. This approach, known from antiquity as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after the fact, therefore because of the fact), though sometimes successful, can also be misleading. History of science in general, and multiple sclerosis in particular, is rife with such fallacies. It is important to remember then, that this approach is best thought of as “brainstorming”, generating potential leads, but (almost) never the definitive proof.

Sensory integration balance training in patients with multiple sclerosis

Angeli Mayadev, MD

Angeli Mayadev, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

There is increasing evidence that impairment of the sensory system in multiple sclerosis contributes to balance and gait disorders. The majority of the disruption of sensation comes from spinal cord lesions. MS spinal lesions have a propensity to affect the posterior portion of the spinal cord. This involves the Posterior column-medial lemniscus pathway (PCML) (also known as the dorsal column-medial lemniscus pathway) that conveys localized sensations of fine touch, vibration, two-point discrimination, and proprioception (position sense) from the skin and joints. It transmits information from the body to the postcentral gyrus of the cerebral cortex (brain).

A recent research article, “Sensory integration balance training in patients with multiple sclerosis: A randomized, controlled trial”, highlights that rehabilitation targeted to this issue may help:

Join the Swedish MS Center Walk Team at Walk MS

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

The Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants Northwest, and Seattle Radiologists have formed a team for Walk MS to experience a great event and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS live their best lives.

Walk MS is a day that ...

Catch the Multiple Sclerosis Roadshow in Tacoma

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Experts from the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are bringing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) education and information to Tacoma. Come learn from a nationally recognized team of MS health care professionals, share your experience, and connect with others in the community living with MS.

When: Saturday, March 28
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Where: LeMay America's Car Museum, 2702 East D Street, Tacoma 98421
Cost: Free

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February Pet of the Month at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center


Cat: Kelly Bear
Owner: Misty
Age: 4
Breed: Domestic Longhair Calico
From: Eva's Eden - Cat Rescue, Blaine, Washington
Favorite toy: Toy bird that chirps
Favorite snack: Greenies treats
Unique fact: Only female cats can be Calico
Best trick: To walk on a leash or ride in a car
Describe your pet in one word: Love
How has your pet taught you to live life?
"She has shown unconditional love and taught me to  ...
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