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Visual impairment is a term used to describe any kind of noncorrectable vision loss, whether it’s complete blindness or partial vision loss.
Common refractive errors such as near-sightedness and far-sightedness can be corrected with glasses or contacts. But when one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. In these cases, vision can’t be fully restored with medical treatment, surgery, or corrective lenses.
Causes of visual impairments among kids and teens include:
Students with visual impairments may:
Signs of a possible vision problem in a student who hasn’t been diagnosed with a visual impairment include:
Students with visual impairments should be encouraged to participate in all classroom activities, physical education, and extracurricular activities. Make sure your classroom is easy to move around in and free of obstacles.
Students with visual impairments may feel self-conscious about their condition. They also might be a target for bullying.
Visual impairments can be wide ranging, so consider each student’s needs individually.
Strabismus is when someone’s eyes don’t look straight ahead. It might look as if the person has one crossed eye. Find out more in this article for kids.
Strabismus causes eyes to wander or cross. Treatment may include glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.
Kids who can’t see, or can’t see well, learn to live without using their eyes. To learn more about visual impairment and what causes it, read our article for kids.
Old wives’ tales abound about the eyes. From watching TV to eating carrots, here’s the lowdown on some vision facts and fiction.
When one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.
Sometimes the different parts of the eye don’t work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.
It’s important for kids to have their eyes examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.
Amblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.
Even if you’re lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.
Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.
If your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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