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Early visual impairment: the brain or the eyeball?

One of the most common causes of visual impairment in children in the developed world and increasingly so in the developing world, is damage to the visual parts of the brain as opposed to the eye itself. Mr Richard Bowman is a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Great Osmond Street Hospital, one of the world’s largest children’s hospitals, and associate professor at the International Centre for Eye Health in London. He conducts research into children’s eye problems and how to help them across the globe, and now he is sharing his insight with us.

How to spot CVI

Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) is probably the most common cause of childhood visual impairment in the UK. It isn’t a problem with the eyes, but with the brain’s visual pathways. Varying in severity, some children are identified as being blind from birth, while at the other end of the spectrum, the condition can go undiagnosed. Expert ophthalmologist Mr Richard Bowman explains.

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