Neuroplasticity in visual impairments

Neurol Int. 2018 Dec 19;10(4):7326. doi: 10.4081/ni.2018.7326. eCollection 2018 Dec 5.


The visual acuity loss enables the brain to access new pathways in the quest to overcome the visual limitation and this is wellknown as neuroplasticity which have mechanisms to cortical reorganization. In this review, we related the evidences about the neuroplasticity as well as cortical anatomical differences and functional repercussions in visual impairments. We performed a systematic review of PUBMED database, without date or status publication restrictions. The findings demonstrate that the visual impairment produce a compensatory sensorial effect, in which non-visual areas are related to both cross (visual congenital) and multimodal (late blind) neuroplasticity.

Keywords: Neuroplasticity; central nervous system; vision; visual impairments.

Grant support

Funding: none.