A child or young person is described as visually impaired when his/her eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal level.” A person with a visual impairment may either be blind or partially sighted.
An eye specialist called an ophthalmologist will carry out tests to decide if a child or young person is severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted).
Some children and young people may only have a severe sight impairment in one eye. If the other eye largely compensates for the loss of sight in the affected eye, the child or young person will not be described as having a severe sight impairment.
Early intervention can help a child or young person strengthen his or her vision. There are qualified teachers of the visually impaired and habilitation specialists who can offer advice and support to children and young people.
For further support and guidance you can contact the Team for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment (VI Team) Rochdale Additional Needs Service (RANS)
Tel: 01706 925900 or 01706 926400