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Visual Impairment/Blind

Understanding Vision Loss/Visual Impairment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision loss occurs when a person’s eyesight is not corrected to a “normal” level. Some babies are born without the ability to see and vision loss can occur at any time during a person’s lifetime. Vision loss or visual impairment varies greatly and can be caused by many things, including damage to the eye itself or even a problem in the brain.1

Sight and visual clues are important to a developing baby and vision loss/vision impairment can affect how a child understands and functions in the world. Vision loss/vision impairment can also affect a child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development.2

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Contact a Resource Specialist at 1-800-852-0042 or FSP.CDR@unc.edu

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Vision Loss Fact Sheet. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/parents_pdfs/VisionLossFactSheet.pdf
  2. My Child Without Limits. Vision Loss. Available online at http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/?page=vision-loss
  • Oct 10 2014