University of Edinburgh

Helping children with poor vision due to damage to the brain

Presented on Tuesday 16 January 2007


This seminar run in conjunction with the Scottish Sensory Centre was designed for anyone looking after or educating children or young people whose vision is reduced because there is damage to the brain.

Target audience: Professionals who work with people who are blind or partially sighted due to brain damage, parents and carers.

Presenter: Professor Gordon Dutton, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist



10am Start

Topics covered during sessions:

  • How does the brain allow us to see?
  • Clarity of vision, acuity, colour and contrast sensitivity.
  • Focussing and need for glasses.
  • Visual fields.
  • Dorsal stream dysfunction.
  • Ventral stream dysfunction.
  • Impaired eye movement.
  • Finding out what can be seen.
  • Identifying the limitations to vision and working within them.
  • Profound visual impairment – making best use of vision and other senses.
  • Blindsight: what is it, and how can it be used to best advantage.
  • Visual impairment in children with cerebral palsy.