WHAT IS COR­TI­CAL VIS­UAL IM­PAIR­MENT?

Your Baby & Toddler - - Special Needs -

Cor­ti­cal vis­ual im­pair­ment (CVI) is an im­pair­ment in which the brain is un­able to process sig­nals from the eyes.

It’s usu­ally caused by brain dam­age or in­jury.

Many peo­ple with CVI can only in­ter­pret sim­ple and fa­mil­iar im­ages, mov­ing ob­jects and cer­tain colours. They may also have de­layed or im­proper re­sponses to im­ages.

CVI can im­prove with proper in­ter­ven­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, CVI of­ten goes un­di­ag­nosed be­cause the eye might ap­pear per­fectly nor­mal dur­ing an eye exam.

It is be­lieved to be very com­mon in chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

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