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A short article? Could someone add more information? Such as examples of how severe visual impairment can be etc :)

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Yes, I believe limited peripheral vision of the magnitude you have described would classify as a "visual impairment", so long as the affected area is large enough and the condition persists for a relatively long period of time; these parameters can be determined by the current version of this article. However, if your symptoms are a manifestation of cinchonism then you should regain complete function relatively quickly and lack the above classification of disability. On the other hand, the Quinine could have actually complicated an already present case of optic neuritis, which, left untreated, may progress until a major (and permanent) loss a vision develops. Aaagmnr (talk) 22:27, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

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Linking orphaned articles[edit]

Can we consider linking orphaned articles such as Catalan_Association_for_the_Blind_and_Visually_Impaired to the See Also section of this article? I notice that the Center for the Partially Sighted is already linked. Russell Dent (talk) 02:00, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Low vision be merged into Visual impairment.

Both articles cover similar ground, such as listing conditions that may lead to vision loss and classifying degrees of vision loss. It is confusing to have two articles with titles that may be viewed as being synonymous.

I believe it is appropriate to merge low vision into visual impairment rather than the other way around as the latter has the most incoming internal links, and so is arguably more notable (523 vs. 255).

Any thoughts, suggestions or objections please? Jonathan Deamer (talk) 20:26, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Support - from the titles I can see an argument against, but looking at the text of low vision it is quite close, I think a merge might sort out a number of other problems with the text as well...Fayedizard (talk) 22:30, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

According to the NHS the definitions of both low vision and visual impairment are functionally the same, so I support moving low vision into visual impairment.

"Visual impairment is when a person has sight loss that cannot be fully corrected using glasses or contact lenses." "Low vision is when a person’s sight can't necessarily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses." Lepidoptera (talk) 12:17, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Improve references first. I support the general idea of this merge, but the quality of both articles needs to be improved (either first or during the merger as long as it happens) particularly with regard to inline references. If the content is merged in its current state it will be even more difficult to tell where the information came from. I suggest update the articles so that there is at least one inline reference per paragraph, no remaining unsourced content (which for all I know may be original research however plausible and well-written it may be) and, if possible, at least one inline from each of the current external links, so they can be turned into citations. --Mirokado (talk) 18:07, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
I agree that the quality of both articles needs to be improved in the ways you've described. Many thanks for the specific guidance you've given, it's most helpful. If and when this merger goes ahead, I'll makes these improvements as part of it, otherwise I'll make them to the individual pages. Jonathan Deamer (talk) 14:26, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
Dont't Support - Visual Impairment is a broad classification and should have references to specific articles such as Low Vision, Visual Field Loss, Color Blindness, Dept Perception, etc. Low Vision is a specific diagnosis that a person is given and should have a complete article. The current Low Vision article should be reworked to concentrate only on low vision and should include more information about low vision aids, such as specific CCTV types and various telescopic lens systems. Chance Lindsey (talk) 13:35, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
Revision of Both Pages Supported

Low-vision is a type of impairment, but impairment can include any situation requiring correction.Low-vision refers to disability from lack of adequate corrective devices or procedures.

When "Visual Impairment" is used correctly in disability, a modifier is needed- moderate to severe in the better eye, severe, profound, or near-total. Diagnosis codes differentiate Low-vision from correctable impairments.

Low-vision should be defined and linked to broader and more specific articles. Including it in a larger article while covering causes, effects, education, and specific adaptive devices would result in unmanageable size and scope. Considering there is a sub-specialty of Ophthalmologists for Low-vision, the subject material is complicated enough to need it's own article.

I propose this structure:

Visual Impairment- include the many types and causes of abnormal vision, links to more specific situations of the optic nerve, retina, and others described in simple terms at this point. Also described and linked, articles of the various groups of devices and procedures to correct visual problems. Remove redundant specifics belonging to other related topics.

Low Vision- Again, remove redundancies and replace with simple statements that are addressed in the broader article. Include specific definitions, list causes with general descriptions and links. Do the same for optical devices and procedures which also cross-link to the general article for ease of navigation.

Livingheartbeat (talk) 19:57, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Done Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 05:03, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Vision Impairment - Visual Impairment[edit]

It's a point of pedantry, I know, but I would like to propose that the name of the page be changed to "Vision Impairment" rather than "Visual Impairment". "Vision" being the noun is the correct usage of the term whereas "Visual" is an adjective.

In its absolute literal sense, to say someone is visually impaired would imply that there is a fault with how they are seen by others rather than how they are able to see. As I say, it's small potatoes but in striving for accuracy, I think it's a topic that should be discussed at least. Lezman (talk) 20:34, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Dont't Support - While I believe you are correct from a grammatical standpoint, widespread use differs. For example Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Dallas Services for Visually Impaired Children and numerous other examples. A counter example to support your claim is Hearing Impairment which if used in the same manner would become Auditorily Impairment. Thank you for raising a valid discussion, but I believe that it should remain Visual Impairment. Chance Lindsey (talk) 13:35, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

I understand what you are saying, however use of the adj. Visual with Impairment as a noun, and the plural verb Visually combined with the noun Impaired are equally acceptable. I'm not aware of how either assigns blame to the disabled individual. Maybe you could explain further? Livingheartbeat (talk) 21:07, 7 February 2013 (UTC)