Is the number of children with vision impairment increasing?
Friday, 6 October 2017
BMJ Open has published a paper on the rise in numbers of children with certified vision impairment (VI) across England and Wales.
New analysis of Certificates of Vision Impairment show that in England and Wales there has been an increase in the number of children newly certified as severely sight impaired (SSI) or sight impaired (SI) between 1999/2000 to 2014/15.
The estimated incidence of certification in 1999/2000 was 8.2 children per 100,000 and in 2014/15 it was 13.3 per 100,000. The authors conclude that this rise isn't simply due to an increase in the numbers of children certified as SSI or SI, but it does reflect an actual increase in the incidence of blindness in children (although the numbers are still very small).