Health Problems Associated with Vision Loss
Vision loss is more common in children with other developmental disabilities, as nearly two-thirds of children with vision impairment also may have intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, hearing loss or epilepsy. About one-third of these children were low birth weight babies, weighing under 5 ½ pounds. Children with more severe vision impairment are more likely to have additional disabilities than are children with milder vision impairment. These disabilities may result in additional health complications beyond what is normal for vision loss alone.
Developmental delay is common in children with vision loss because so much of what a child learns is through vision. With the right training and therapy, delays related to decreased visual input can be minimized.
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American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
FamilyConnect (For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments)
Prevent Blindness America
The Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases