What is Cerebral Visual Impairment?


Cerebral Visual Impairment (commonly referred to as CVI) is a form of visual impairment caused by the brain not being able to process information from the eyes passing along the visual pathways in the brain. It is the commonest cause of visual impairment in children in the developed world.

If you know someone who has a diagnosis of cerebral visual impairment or if you or someone you know has difficulty with any of the following activities and there is no apparent reason why, then the CVI Society may be able to help you find out more information and to connect with other people who understand.

It is possible to have cerebral visual impairment and good clarity of vision, and  many people with cerebral visual impairment do not have a significant problem with their eyes. This is one reason why they may often go undiagnosed. Advice may also be of use to adults who may have suffered a stroke or brain injury.

It is thought that as many as one in two hundred people could be affected by some degree of visual impairment as a result of trouble processing visual information accurately captured by the eyes.

Have a look at the information we have here and if you have concerns then get in contact.

Want to learn more or share knowledge?

If you run a parent support group or similar activity that you think might benefit from learning more about CVI then we can help. Both our professionals and our parents with experience of managing to live with cerebral visual impairment would love the opportunity to come and speak to you.

We are happy to tailor the information we provide to your audience so get in contact now and we can explore the possibilities.


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