What Is CVI?
How Is CVI Diagnosed?
Cortical visual impairment is typically diagnosed by a medical doctor, usually an ophthalmologist or neurologist. In some states, an optometrist may diagnose CVI.
The child should have a full eye examination. While some children with CVI will have a co-existing ocular condition, this condition will not fully explain their visual loss. Children with CVI have history of a neurological issue due to a medical cause such as, but not limited to, perinatal hypoxia, prematurity, or hydrocephalus. Brain-imaging studies may or may not indicate the neurological issue. Children with CVI will exhibit some or all of the unique visual and behavioral characteristics discussed in medical and educational research.