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Controversies
June 8, 2009

Pediatric Refractive Surgery Review

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127(6):814-815. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2009.94

Brown1and Tychsen2convey their disparate viewpoints about refractive surgery in children but agree on some common premises:

In spite of these agreements, the authors' assessments diverge.

Tychsen advocates refractive surgery for children with special needs, such as central nervous system problems, craniofacial disorders, and behavioral difficulties, who cannot have vision corrected by optical devices. Selecting such a narrowly defined population easily bolsters his argument. The surgery helps ensure that they are not assigned to a life

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