University of Edinburgh

The Assessment of Visual Functions in Children with Visual Impairment

Presented on Saturday, 11 December 2010


Professor Jonathan Jackson is a lively and stimulating presenter; he is quickly gaining international recognition and frequently delivers presentations on both sides of the Atlantic. Jonathan was a plenary speaker at the ICEVI conference in Dublin in 2009 and recently he presented at the VIEW conference in Cheshire and the International Orientation and Mobility conference in Ottawa, Canada. This was an excellent opportunity to hear about the results of recent research projects. The day included both evidence based review lectures and 'hands-on' practical workshops.

This day began with two formal presentations on the causes of Paediatric Vision Impairment in the UK and Ireland, and the Assessment of Vision Functions in Children. In the afternoon, there were workshops:

  • Understanding refractive error and its correction;
  • Child-friendly testing of visual acuity;
  • The assessment of colour and contrast.

Target Audience: Teachers of visually impaired children, classroom teachers and support staff, other professionals and parents.

Presenter: Professor Jonathan Jackson, Consultant Optometrist/ Head of Optometry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast