The prevalence of cerebral visual disturbance in children with cerebral palsy

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1992 Jun;34(6):473-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1992.tb11467.x.


Assessment of visual acuity using the visual acuity card procedure in 164 children with cerebral palsy revealed low visual acuity in 71 per cent. Results of ophthalmological examination were available for 74 of these patients, but could not explain adequately the low visual acuity of 36 of the 43 patients (84 per cent) assessed by both the acuity card procedure and other techniques. There is a high probability that cerebral visual disturbance is present in these patients. Awareness of visual disability when compiling a programme of visual and neurodevelopmental stimulation for children with cerebral palsy is essential.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Cerebral Palsy / complications*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Ocular Motility Disorders / diagnosis
  • Ocular Motility Disorders / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis
  • Vision Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Vision Disorders / physiopathology
  • Vision Tests
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Pathways / physiopathology