Most neurological vision impairments occur because of a global neurological insult, often perinatal hypoxia. This means the baby does not get adequate oxygen to their brain just before, during, or immediately following birth. This lack of oxygen affects much of the brain, leaving damage that affects many aspects of functioning. Therefore, though it is just one condition, neurological vision impairments are likely to be accompanied by additional disorders.
In fact, in one study, less than five out of every hundred children (4.7%) diagnosed with neurological vision impairment had vision impairment as their only diagnosed neurological condition.
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The Causes of Neurological Vision Impairments Also Lead to Numerous Other Conditions
Neurological vision impairment, also sometimes called cortical visual impairment or a cerebral visual impairment, is likely to be accompanied by additional disorders associated with a global brain injury before, during, or soon after birth. Generally, this occurs because of perinatal hypoxia or ischemia, when only a limited amount of oxygen-rich blood reaches the baby’s brain. Other conditions and traumatic brain injuries can have similar results, as well.
Because these brain injuries are global instead of focal, they do not target just the visual cortex or other individual parts of the brain. Instead, they cause damage to widespread areas. This can greatly affect the child’s neurological functioning, including causing issues with cognitive development, movement disorders, seizures, attention and behavioral concerns, and more.
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Additional Disorders Can Make It Difficult to Diagnose and Treat Neurological Vision Impairments
Neurological vision impairments are variable, meaning these impairments affect every child in a somewhat different way. Some may have poor visual performance while others have much better visual acuity and performance but struggle with higher-level functioning or visual field deficits.
For this reason, therapy for neurological vision impairments is very individualized. This means it is imperative to get an accurate diagnosis and understand the child’s baseline abilities before building their therapy program and beginning treatment.
In many cases, diagnosing a neurological vision impairment and understanding a child’s visual concerns is made more difficult by their additional medical concerns, however. This may occur because:
- Conditions that affect movement or speech may make it difficult to identify the condition and conduct testing
- Cognitive deficits may make it difficult to diagnose and monitor children as they progress
- Additional, treatable vision disorders give a false sense of impairment
In many of these cases, controlling or treating additional disorders or symptoms can help the baby or child’s therapy for their neurological vision impairment to be more effective. Stabilization of seizures, for example, can greatly improve the child’s quality of life and allow them to focus on and complete their daily neurological vision impairment therapy, as recommended.
It is also imperative that a pediatric ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats any additional problems that could affect the eyes or vision. This can greatly improve the outcome of therapy for children with neurological vision impairments.
You May Be Able to Pursue Compensation Based on Your Child’s Neurological Vision Impairment Diagnosis
In many cases, neurological vision impairments are likely to be accompanied by additional disorders as a result of a preventable birth injury. You may be able to take legal action against the doctor or hospital who caused or failed to prevent your child’s birth injury and the global insult to their brain. A medical malpractice doctor in your state can review your case for free.
If your attorney believes you have a valid birth injury case, they will:
- Help you build a compelling case to prove medical negligence
- Call in experts to testify on your behalf as necessary to prove your case
- Identify the liable party or parties in your case
- Follow the state laws about filing a medical malpractice claim
- Calculate the current and future damages your family endured as a result of your child’s birth injury
- Use the facts of your case to pursue compensation on your behalf
If you believe your child may have a neurological vision impairment and/or other disorders as a result of a birth injury, do not hesitate to discuss your case with a birth injury attorney in your state today.
You only have a limited time to take action, although many states toll, or delay, the statute of limitations for birth injury cases. Your attorney can help you understand how quickly you need to act to ensure you do not miss your opportunity.
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