Kits Developed to Help Children with CVI

Jun 18, 2021

When we think of visual impairment, many people assume that there is something wrong with the eyes themselves. The most common form of visual impairment in children, though, is something called Cortical Visual Impairment – CVI for short.

CVI is a neurological problem that is the result of damage to the visual pathways or the visual processing center of the brain. Rather than ocular-based, it is brain-based. A child’s eyes may be perfectly healthy, but the neurological difference can lead to difficulty processing what they see. Visual problems can range from mild to severe and can fluctuate day-to-day, even minute-by-minute.

There are various ways kids may compensate such as preferring to look at things that are moving, having a distinct color preference (usually highly saturated primary colors), or demonstrating unusual visual behaviors, among other things.

Our therapists have created kits to help kids use their vision preferences as effectively as possible.

“As therapists, we provide recommendations, modifications, and techniques based on characteristics of child’s visual behaviors and preferences so that the child can use their vision most effectively while working toward therapeutic goals,” said Kristin Eldridge, MOT, LOTR.

CVI is diagnosed by a primary care physician, ophthalmologist, or pediatric neurologist. If you have questions, feel free to call the Center or check with your pediatrician.