Children with form vision

The majority of visually impaired children have some form vision. The quality of the visual image affects the child's interaction with family members, therapists, peers and educators, and it determines the child's visual experiences of the world and his development of concepts. In order to understand the child we need to know the quality of visual information available to the child.

The objective measures of acuity, reading acuity, contrast sensitivity, colour vision, visual adaptation and visual fields, combined with an evaluation of eye movements provide a starting point. In depth interviews and observation of the child's behavior during demanding sustained near vision tasks and when he is navigating in known and new environments provide additional information. Similarly revealing situations include activities in the dining hall, kitchen, sport activities and in different communication situations with family members, peers, and adults.

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