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Sensory Compensation in Children Following Vision Loss after Trauma and Disease

Chinnery, H. & Thompson, S. (2015). Sensory Compensation in Children Following Vision Loss after Trauma and Disease. Journal of Clinical Research and Ophthalmology, 2(4), 049-053. doi: 10.17352/2455-1414.000021


Sensory compensation or sensory substitution occurs when a sense organ, such as the eye, is lost due to trauma or disease. Individuals often experience phantom limb sensation or pain but research increasingly points towards some individuals developing a heightened level of functioning in their remaining senses, particularly in their remaining intact eye. Losing an eye at an early age can often result in “super functioning” in the remaining eye providing that no similar trauma or disease results. Cases include young children who have undergone enucleation because of diagnosed unilateral retinoblastoma and whose remaining eye is free from disease.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015 Chinnery HL, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Publisher Keywords: Childhood eye cancer; Compensatory vision; Loss of vision; Retinoblastoma; Sensory loss; Sensory compensation; Super-functioning of senses; Traumatic loss of senses
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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