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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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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Vision Loss Fact Sheet. Available online at
  2. My Child Without Limits. Vision Loss. Available online at


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