Ever wonder what someone with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment may see? Explore the seven captivating images below, each inspired by the unique perspectives and personal reports of remarkable individuals who have this brain-based visual impairment.
While no two people with CVI have the same lived experience, people with CVI often display common visual behaviors and traits. Each image reflects both the diversity of the visual experience with CVI, and the shared understanding that having CVI is a big deal—influencing every facet of these individuals’ lives and shaping the way they perceive, interact, and navigate the world around them. Additionally, amidst these varied perspectives, visual fatigue emerges as a shared thread, highlighting one of the most common challenges faced by those living with CVI. These visual behaviors may change and improve over time, but they never disappear.
Check out these 7 examples of rendered images based on reports from children and adults living with CVI, the leading cause of childhood blindness and low vision.
Information is landing on their eyes, but they are unable to make sense of it. Light or certain colors may enter their awareness, but determining where one object ends and the next begins is difficult.
When it is hot out, he receives reduced visual feedback from his brain.
One CVIer’s perspective: He uses color as a way to help him recognize and remember particular objects or people.
Tina’s perspective: CVI combined with her 20/100 vision is blurry and shaky (#Nystagmus), and her visual field is reduced and dimmed (from optic nerve atrophy).
Image by Tina Zhu Xi Caruso
Dagbjört’s perspective: When she’s fatigued, her vision is comparable to looking through a straw.
Omer’s perspective: Recognizing and understanding faces and facial expressions is difficult for him to understand.
Krish’s perspective: Lower visual field loss means he cannot see below eye level.
Read more CVI stories from people with CVI and their families.