Investigating functional visual loss in children and adolescents

Robin Schraauwers*, Maaike E. Ketelaar, Paula S. Sterkenburg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Patients with a functional neurological disorder (FND) experience a lower psychological quality of life and have more mental health concerns. These patients deserve to be treated with a treatment that is evidence-based and proven effective. However, when we look children or adolescents with functional visual disorder (FVD; a subgroup of FND), we see that there is not much evidence for the effectiveness of their treatments. Possible reasons for this lack of evidence and the difficulties in studying children and adolescents with FVD are discussed in this article. This article concludes with possible ways of persuading children and adolescents with FVD in participating in research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-580
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • child
  • functional visual loss
  • non-organic visual disorder
  • research


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