What is the Prognosis for Children with Vision Loss?

In general, vision loss does not improve over time. There are exceptions, of course, such as when you are correcting a problem such as amblyopia or nearsightedness. In addition, as a visually impaired infant grows and develops they may be better able to use their vision and demonstrate what they see, so that it appears as though improvement has been made. But vision loss that is present from birth or early childhood, particularly when it occurs with other disabilities, will usually not get better. However, with the right training, technology and other assistance, your child can live a full life even with vision loss.

Children with vision impairments may have some delays in development related specifically to not being able to interact with their environment visually since much of what a child learns comes from visual clues. As your child receives vision supports and early intervention services, these gaps will close.

If your child has other disabilities along with vision loss, you can still give your baby a high quality of life through early intervention services, adaptive devices and other methods of treatment.

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Want to learn more about vision loss?

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
www.aapos.org

FamilyConnect (For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments)
www.familyconnect.org

Prevent Blindness America
www.preventblindness.org

The Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases
www.ropard.org