A child may have a vision impairment if they experience difficulty seeing in the distance or up close, and their vision cannot be corrected using glasses or treatment to within the normal vision range.
A vision impairment can range from mild vision loss to blindness and may involve the eye or visual pathways or visual centre of the brain. Some children may have part/s of their vision missing when they look straight ahead.
Each child with vision impairment is unique with their own strengths, interests and motivation for learning. Each eye condition and amount of vision loss may impact each child in different ways.
Vision impairment can impact on a child's language, communication and social development, their mobility and movement skills and their learning.
Sometimes a child with vision impairment may also experience other conditions or disabilities. Schools consider the supports required for all of the child's needs. You can find out more about supports for other disabilities.
Hear about how children with vision impairment can be supported: