Cortical visual impairments do not impact other organs within the body. However, its causes can impact the organs in your baby’s body.
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Causes of Cortical Visual Impairment and How They Affect Bodily Organs
Common causes of cortical visual impairment include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, infections, periventricular leukomalacia, and metabolic disorders. The impacts on other organs depend on the condition that caused your child’s cortical visual impairments.
Infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, also known as perinatal asphyxia, might display signs of injury to one or more of their organs. Perinatal asphyxia can cause cortical visual impairment as well as harm other organs within your child’s body, including impact to their:
- The heart that causes poor color and low blood pressure
- Lungs that causes difficulty breathing and low oxygen levels
- The brain that causes lethargy, seizures, or coma
- Kidneys that causes a reduced output of urine
- The liver that causes trouble digesting milk
- Blood-forming system that causes a low platelet count and bleeding
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The Signs of Cortical Visual Impairment
Cortical visual impairment is caused by an abnormality in your child’s brain, not their eyes. Your child’s ophthalmic clinician may notice signs and symptoms of cortical visual impairment that include:
- Shying away from the brightness
- Staring into light
- Not looking at faces
- Not visually tracking an item
- Fuzzy eyesight
- Decreasing eyesight
You may also notice the following:
- Your child looking at a toy or face differently each time they see it
- Your child shying away from looking at new items or faces
- Your child holding things to the side of their face
- Your child looking more intently at vibrant colors
- Your child might peer more closely when things move
- Your child might favor individual rather than grouped toys
- Your child’s attention span might waver when their environment is noisy
The Effects of Cortical Visual Impairment on Your Child’s Vision
Some children with a cortical visual impairment might experience partial recovery of vision. Improvements are sometimes seen in your child’s visual acuity, orientation to peripheral stimuli, and their social gaze.
Regardless of whether your child regains some visual acuity, they might suffer the following:
- Trouble getting their eyes to focus
- Trouble telling how near or far away something is
- Trouble recognizing things or making choices based on what they see
Some children with cortical visual impairments will have more severe damage than others, which might mean they display multiple versions of the types of vision problems detailed above. In some cases, the vision problems they have can make it hard for them to understand certain sights and what they mean. These problems might even worsen or may become increasingly evident as your child ages.
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Get the Financial Compensation You May Be Entitled to Receive
While cortical visual impairments do not impact other organs within the body, the coexisting complications can make life difficult for your child. If your child’s cortical visual impairments are the result of a medical provider’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. Recovering this compensation can be difficult.
However, you are not alone in the fight for your son or daughter. Speak to our team today about your child’s medical condition and your options for legal assistance and financial compensation. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 for help with your case.