CVI Awareness Session for Parents

Blatchington Court Trust would like to invite you to attend an information session on Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) to be held on Friday 20 March 2020 at the University of Sussex from 10 am to 12 pm. This information session is being offered free of charge and will be led by Professor Gordon Dutton.

Professor Gordon Dutton is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist who worked for over 20 years at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University. His special interests include medical education, ocular motility, and cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children and adults.

Professor Dutton has lectured on a range of ophthalmic topics in relation to paediatric ophthalmology, both nationally and internationally as a Keynote Speaker, and has contributed to over 50 refereed publications, (which can be seen on the website PubMed by entering Dutton GN) and three textbooks concerning cerebral visual impairment in children (stockists can be found on-line by entering Gordon Dutton), as well as to the information websites for teachers and parents called ‘The CVI Society’ and ‘CVI Scotland’.

Cerebral Visual Impairment is a condition where some of the special vision parts of the brain and its connections are damaged. This causes visual impairment even though the eyes may appear fine. Often children with CVI actually have good visual acuity but cannot make sense of what they see. In most cases once the damage has occurred the vision does not get worse, and in some cases, as the child grows older their vision may in fact improve. Professor Dutton has a special interest in this subject as over half of all children with Cerebral Palsy or Hydrocephalus have CVI. CVI can also be the result of other conditions such as low blood sugar at birth, Meningitis and in some instances of prematurity. CVI affects children of all levels from those who have profound and multiple learning difficulties to those who may be in a mainstream school with no apparent other problems but who are struggling to learn.

Professor Dutton lectures widely around the world on CVI and in 2010 he co-edited, with Dr Martin Bax, the MacKeith Press text book on CVI entitled Visual Impairment in Children due to Damage to the Brain. Professor Dutton is approachable and engaging and this is a unique opportunity to learn from a leading expert in this field.

This session is intended to give you, as parents, an opportunity to ask an expert in the field any questions about CVI and how this may affect your child and subsequently what you can do to help them. The session will not include lots of medical jargon as Professor Dutton’s approach is to tailor the session to meet the needs of parents, whilst providing an opportunity for parents to share and learn from one another.

Please note: it will not be possible to turn up on the day; places must be booked in advance.


  • Date/Time: 20/03/2020 10:00am - 12:00pm

  • Venue: University of Sussex

  • Address: University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH

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