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Vision impairment

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Vision impairment

Vision impairment is a condition that prevents normal vision in one or both eyes. There are different degrees of vision impairment from mild loss to total blindness (no reaction to light).

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Support for people who are blind or vision impaired | Vision Initiative

Information about services available to help people who are experiencing vision loss

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Blindness | Raising Children Network

A guide to dealing with vision impairment in young children.

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Cortical Vision Impairment | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is cortical visual impairment?Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is a temporary or permanent visual impairment caused by the disturbance of the visual cortex or posterior visual pathways of the brain. The degree of neurological impairment depends upon the time of onset and the location and intensity of the damage. The eyes may function normally but the visual systems of the brain do not consistently understand or interpret what the eyes see. Charles Bonnet Syndrome

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FAQ about owning a seeing eye dog

Seeing Eye Dogs enable Australians with a vision impairment to retain their independence and mobility

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Age Related Macular Degeneration | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is age-related macular degeneration?Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in people aged over 40 years in Australia. It is also referred to as AMD or ARMD.

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Newly diagnosed | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

If you have recently been diagnosed with a vision impairment you probably have a lot of questions and concerns.You may be feeling overwhelmed by the diagnosis and are not sure what kinds of questions to ask. You can contact us to ask questions or to make a referral.

Read more on Vision Australia website

Cataracts | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

What is a cataract?A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens in the eye and is one of the leading causes of vision impairment. While cataracts most commonly occur in those who are older, they can develop in younger people as well. Some people are born with a cataract.

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Vision loss - living with a guide dog

Guide dogs are specially bred and trained to enable people who are blind or vision impaired to regain their independence. However, some people who would benefit from using a guide dog shy away from the idea because they (or their family members) can’t imagine what it would be like to live with a guide dog.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Resources in English | Vision Initiative

All information sheets on eye health and vision care published by the Vision Initiative are available here to download

Read more on Vision Initiative website

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