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Some cancer treatments can cause vision problems in childhood cancer survivors.
Many vision problems can be treated. It is important for survivors to have their eyes checked regularly to catch problems as early as possible.
Other eye problems may happen in survivors treated radiation doses of 30 Gy or more.
Everyone should take steps to protect your eyes and vision:
Services are available for people 21 and younger through local public school districts or referral agencies. This is provided through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Survivors in K-12 public schools can receive classroom accommodations through a 504 plan or Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Plan.
The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees people with vision problems equal access to public events, spaces, and opportunities.
For more information about disability services for people with vision problems, visit the American Foundation for the Blind’s Disability Rights Resources for People with Vision Loss.
For more information about eye health after childhood cancer treatment, read Children’s Oncology Group’s Keeping Your Eyes Healthy and Cataracts.
To learn more about general eye health, read the National Eye Institute’s Keep Your Eyes Healthy.
Reviewed: May 2020