What causes blindness in children?

There are many causes of blindness. In children, vision impairment may be due to birth defects, often a result of prematurity. Optic nerve damage, injury of the eye(s), and trauma to the part of the brain that controls vision may also result in blindness. Another possible cause of childhood blindness is bilateral congenital cataract. This causes extensive clouding of the lenses of the eye so that light cannot pass through. Certain visual impairments, such as cataracts, can be corrected if detected early.

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