Hyderabad, 2nd November 2023: In a monumental stride toward enhancing the lives of children grappling with Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), the Institute for Vision Rehabilitation at the L V Prasad Eye Institute proudly announces the inauguration of its dedicated ‘Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment Resource Centre’ in Hyderabad. This pioneering centre, made possible through the generous support of Columbus Global Services India Pvt. Ltd., stands as a beacon of hope, aiming to alleviate the challenges faced by children and families affected by CVI.
CVI is a brain-based visual impairment wherein the eyes may function normally, but the brain’s ability to interpret and make sense of visual information is impaired. About 30–40% of children with visual impairments are affected by CVI, which is a leading cause of paediatric visual impairment worldwide. A staggering 60-70% of these children also struggle with additional disabilities, intensifying the complexity of their lives. The burden of CVI extends far beyond physical limitations, impacting a child’s learning, social interactions, and overall quality of life.
“Dr. Beula Christy, Head of the Institute for Vision Rehabilitation at LVPEI, underscores the significance of early intervention and tailored support for individuals with Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). She highlights how the Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment Resource Centre, with its comprehensive and individualized approach, addresses the multifaceted challenges faced by these children.”
This groundbreaking facility offers various services, including clinical examinations, tailored vision assessments, and specialized interventions such as vision therapy, visual skills training, speech therapy, and counselling for children and their families. Additionally, the centre provides home environment modifications, engaging group activities, parental support groups, and independent living skills training, all aimed at enhancing the quality of life for these remarkable children.
Dr Prashant Garg, Executive Chair of LVPEI, emphasized the profound impact of this initiative, stating, “Our mission is to empower the children with CVI to navigate the world with confidence and independence. We are enthusiastic about the positive change this initiative will bring to their lives, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to Columbus Global Services Pvt. Ltd. for their generous support.”
“We are proud to support the Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment Resource Centre at the L V Prasad Eye Institute. We believe in the power of innovation and compassion to transform the lives of children and families affected by CVI. Together, we can create a brighter, more inclusive future,” said Mr Kapil Mishra, Managing Director, Columbus Global Services India Pvt. Ltd.
The Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment Resource Centre is more than a facility; it is a place of hope, compassion, and innovation. Through the unwavering support of Columbus Global, this initiative is poised to make a substantial difference in the lives of children and families affected with CVI.