Low Vision in the classroom. Ann Heard Low Vision and Blind Support Email: [email protected] Definition. Impaired visual function caused by any disorder of the eye or visual system.
Learners in the classroom need to see their educator, classmates, the blackboard, TV, computer, overheads and presentations. They need to take notes, complete assignments, read and take tests.
For low vision learners, many of these tasks are more difficult.
The range of medical conditions which may give rise to visual impairment is both large and complex.
The educator needs to understand the functional vision of the learner so this may be put into effective use.
Bright or dim light
Light from side or back
Depending on Condition?
Enlarged print or normal
Simple magnifiers or technology
Cane or not
The learner may run the risk of social and emotional challenges as a result of his/her inability to cope with the demands of a highly visually oriented world.
Sometimes not easy for educator to recognise, as learner who has never seen normally, does not know what he is supposed to see.
Holds toys close
Eyes Move Independently
Moves head not eyes
Knocks things over
Shuts or covers one eye
Excessive Irritability during close activities
Important that all information regarding the learner is shared throughout the learner’s school career.
UNDERSTAND THE LEARNER’S EYE CONDITION!