St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of the only U.S. medical centers performing refractive surgery on children with neurological disorders.
Pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, ophthalmologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital, developed specialized testing and now does vision correction — refractive — surgery, on children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and neurobehavioral disorders such as autism.
"We work with the most profoundly impaired children who are the most difficult to examine," says Tychsen. "So we tend to have the most grateful parents, too."
The children who are the best candidates for vision correction surgery are those who cannot or will not wear glasses and have blunted social interactions or fearfulness because of their visual impairment.