Lakes Country Service Cooperative

1001 E. Mount Faith, Fergus Falls, MN 56537


    • 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


      • 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


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


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

      How is the 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, Director of Educational Programs