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Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Cerebral palsy (CP) is characterized by a group of disorders affecting an individual’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. But did you know just how prevalent visual impairments are in cases of cerebral palsy?
According to numerous studies, as many as 75% of children with CP experience problems with visual acuity. Even if no “eye condition” is found disrupting visual acuity, children with CP may experience a number of cortical visual impairments, which require skilled clinical expertise and examination methods.
Visual Field Loss is one of these conditions . This may include loss of peripheral or central fields of view. Oculomotor problems affecting smooth eye movements and depth perception are another. These problems may include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (an eye turn) or other misalignments resulting from weak muscle balance and nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eyes).
Prevalence of Cerebral Palsy
According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. Studies report prevalence estimates ranging from 1.5 to 4 children, of every 1,000. It is more common amongst boys, than girls and many children with CP also have a secondary disorder, including 41% of whom had co-occuring epilepsy and 6.9% had autism¹.
Treatment of Cerebral Palsy
More information on our methods of treating the visual, physical and behavioral manifestations that accompany cerebral palsy can be found here.