Review Article

A review of visual impairment

Shivani Naipal, Nishanee Rampersad
African Vision and Eye Health | Vol 77, No 1 | a393 | DOI: | © 2018 Shivani Naipal, Nishanee Rampersad | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2017 | Published: 26 January 2018

About the author(s)

Shivani Naipal, Discipline of Optometry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nishanee Rampersad, Discipline of Optometry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Visual impairment (VI), a global concern that is likely to escalate with prolonged life expectancies, has gained increasing attention in the realm of eye care. The purpose of this article is to highlight the different aspects of VI, including its definition and characteristics, prevalence, causes and implications. The importance of rehabilitation in individuals with VI is also discussed.


visual impairment; blindness; review; quality of life; rehabilitation


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