Many parents know that cerebral palsy (CP) may be from a birth injury due to a lack of oxygen capable of causing their child to experience a lifetime of difficulties that are mostly related to a lack of muscle coordination. What many do not know is that CP can also cause a child to be prone to vision problems throughout their life due to underlying damage to the central nervous system from a lack of oxygen before, during, or after birth.
The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc. is here to help parents throughout the state understand their legal options after their born suffers vision loss or complications that may accompany cerebral palsy that was caused by lack of oxygen and ischemia. Thanks to our extensive legal experience focused primarily on birth injury and CP cases, we’re one of the most trusted birth injury law firms in the state. We would be honored to get the chance to see how we can assist with your case, just as we have done for so many other parents and their children throughout the years.
Common Visual Problems Among Children with CP
By some estimations, upwards of 50% of all children with cerebral palsy will have some sort of vision problem in their lifetimes, ranging from unclear vision to total blindness. In contrast, it is estimated that about 13% of the general population has vision issues, which suggests children with CP are nearly 4 times as likely to be afflicted by such a health condition.
Some of the most common vision problems among children with CP are:
- Strabismus: The vision condition strabismus causes the eyes to look in different directions when resting. Although strabismus is benign in some cases, it can be problematic in others because moderate to severe cases of strabismus make it difficult to focus. Strabismus patients are also more likely to develop amblyopia, which is characterized by optical nerve deficiencies that might impair visual acuity.
- Refractive deficiencies: An eye that is abnormally shaped can create a refractive deficiency, which means the shape of the eye does not allow light to hit the retina clearly. Depending on the type of abnormality, refractive deficiencies can cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, which can cause most objects to appear blurry.
- Blindness: Approximately 20% of children with a CP-related vision problem will suffer partial or total blindness in one or both eyes. It is believed that the oxygen deprivation during or before birth that is often linked to cerebral palsy can damage an optic nerve, causing blindness at birth or eventual blindness.
Can Vision Problems Be Fixed?
Mild or moderate vision issues can sometimes be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Other vision problems like certain forms of severe strabismus or amblyopia require invasive surgery to correct, which comes with its own risks of side effects and complications. Partial or total blindness might be incurable.
Suing for Vision Problems
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and that was likely caused by a medical provider’s mistake during delivery, then you might be able to file a lawsuit in their name if they have also been diagnosed with a related vision problem. Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc. can help you get a full understanding of your legal options. We can manage the difficult and complicated parts of your case, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.