University of Edinburgh

Understanding the diagnosis: Childhood visually impairing conditions

Presented on Thursday 1 November 2007


This one day course offered an introduction to childhood visually impairing conditions. A description of the common causes of childhood visual impairment was aided by clinical pictures and reference to real life cases. The process of diagnosis, means of management and natural history of the varied conditions was discussed. The course is designed for parents and health/ education professionals working with children with visual impairment.

Presenters: Dr Andrew Blaikie, Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Fife and
Dr Jennifer Skillen, Specialist Orthoptist, NHS Fife


10.30 am Overview of Causes of Childhood Visual Impairment

11 am Ocular Causes of Visual Impairment

12 noon Questions and discussion

1.30 pm Brain Causes of Visual Impairment

2.30 pm Discussion of Cases

3.30 pm Course evaluation and close.