• About Blind/Visually Impaired
     
    If student exhibits one or more of these signs of possible eye trouble, professional eye care should be sought. After a child has had an evaluation by an eye doctor with a diagnosis of a visual impairment, the teacher of the visually impaired may be consulted concerning the referral process.

    Possible Indicators of Vision Loss

         Behavior:

    • Rubs eyes excessively
    • Shuts or covers one eye
    • Tilts head or thrusts head forward
    • Has difficulty with reading or other close-up work; holds objects close to eyes
    • Blinks more than usual or is irritable when doing close-up work
    • Is unable to see distant things clearly
    • Squints eyelids together or frowns

         Appearance:

    • Crossed eyes
    • Red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen eyelids
    • Inflamed or watery eyes
    • Recurring styes (infections) on eyelids

         Complaints:

    • Eyes itch, burn or feel scratchy
    • Cannot see well
    • Dizziness, headaches or nausea following close-up work
    • Blurred or double vision

    How is student affected?

    • Limited ability in accessing educational media without modifications
    • Limited ability to access full range of materials or media without accommodating actions (changes in posture, squinting, focal distance, etc.)
    • Variable visual ability due to environmental factors
    • Reduced ability due to visual fatigue
    • See Orientation & Mobility web site for mobility concerns

    Next Steps

    • Discuss concerns with parents
    • Review student's past history (academic, medical, etc.)
    • Talk to previous teachers. Talk to counselors
    • Follow school district's referral procedure
     
     


    For more information:
    Josh Nelson, Special Programs Manager
    Lakes Country Service Cooperative
    218-737-6508