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Fifteen-minute consultation—the child with a developmental disability: is there an ocular or visual abnormality?


Objective To present a structured approach for an outpatient consultation for a child with developmental disability who may have an ocular or visual disorder.

Method Review of relevant literature and description of the approach to ocular and visual assessment which could be used by any paediatrician.

Conclusion A systematic approach to history, observation and examination of a child with a developmental disability will assist in identifying a possible visual problem. A structured referral letter will ensure that the child will receive the most appropriate assessment to clarify the problem and appropriate management in the eye clinic.

  • Neurodisability
  • Visual disorder
  • Ocular disorder
  • Vision impairment

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