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The term "low vision" is used to describe a visual impairment that hinders a child’s ability to perform everyday tasks, despite the use of glasses, contact lenses, or medical and surgical therapy. If your child has low vision, the Low Vision Service at Boston Children’s Hospital can help.

Our service is aimed at determining what visual aids can help your child best utilize his remaining vision to its fullest potential — whether we’re helping him read, write, participate in school, or learn to drive.

  • The Low Vision Service is one of the few services of its kind in New England devoted exclusively to meeting the special needs of children with visual disorders.

  • Our pediatric optometrists have extensive experience examining children with vision impairment. Our physicians can also review and suggest environmental alterations for the home and classroom to support your child’s independence and safety.