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Sensory impairments

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Can loss of sense of smell be a symptom of COVID-19? -

Loss of the sense of smell (anosmia) may be a marker of COVID-19 infection in otherwise asymptomatic people.

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Anosmia (loss of sense of smell) can be caused from a bad dose of flu or a cold. Early treatment is the key to avoiding permanent damage.

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Anosmia - loss of smell - Better Health Channel

People are less sensitive to smells the older they get, and women tend to have a more acute sense of smell than men.

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Vision impairment & blindness: children | Raising Children Network

Vision impairment covers vision problems like low vision, vision loss, and blindness. Children with vision impairment get a lot out of early intervention.

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Sensory and perceptual problems - Synapse

Sensory and perceptual problems arise from damage to the right side of the brain or the parietal and occipital lobes of the brain.

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Optic Atrophy | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is optic atrophy? Optic Atrophy is the result of degeneration or damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve transports visual information from the eye, to an area of the brain where it is processed.   Click below to download the full Accessible Fact Sheets for Optic Atrophy: Accessible Word version (Word, 118KB) -  Optic Atrophy

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Glaucoma | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is it?  A family of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. It leads to the gradual loss of sight, beginning with peripheral vision. There is often no pain or discomfort associated with vision loss from glaucoma.  Glaucoma has two main categories – open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. All forms of the disease lead to intraocular pressure that can damage the optic nerves.   Problems with drainage can also cause glaucoma. This is because our eyes produce a liquid to clean the eye, nourish it and keep it in shape.

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Children and Youth Library | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

The Vision Australia Library has a variety of resources and services for young people who are blind, have low vision or have a print disability.

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Maintaining eye health | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Taking care of your eyes can be a daunting proposition, and it’s important that you take the time to do it properly. These basic tips will get you on your way to protecting your vision.

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Understanding eye conditions | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

From symptoms to treatments, find out about a range of common eye conditions.

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