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François Vital-Durand, Janette Atkinson, and Oliver J. Braddick

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523161.001.0001

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Visual development following treatment of a unilateral infantile cataract

Visual development following treatment of a unilateral infantile cataract

(p.401) 25 Visual development following treatment of a unilateral infantile cataract
Infant Vision

Ronald G. Boothe

Oxford University Press

An understanding of the ways in which vision develops following treatment of an infantile cataract is of considerable interest to a broad spectrum of basic scientists and clinicians. Devising improved methods for treatment, or ideally methods for prevention, of the amblyopia that typically develops following the surgical removal of the cataract poses a significant challenge for clinicians. Psychophysicists are interested in the precise nature of the perceptual deficits that sometimes develop in these children. Neuroscientists are particularly interested in questions regarding the neuropathology in the visual pathways in the brain that correlate with reduced visual function. Developmental psychologists are intrigued by the implications this topic has for broad issues having to do with the relative importance of ‘nature versus nurture’ in guiding development. This chapter attempts to summarize some of the main findings from the literatures from all of these disciplines in order to synthesize an understanding of visual development in children being treated for infantile cataracts.

Keywords:   unilateral infantile cataract, amblyopia, perceptual deficits, neuropathology, visual pathways, reduced visual function

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