Children with Special Needs

Our optometrists and researchers are pioneers in adapting diagnostic techniques and developing innovative treatments for children with a range of abilities. We provide quality care for children with special needs in a sensitive, non-threatening environment. Ours is one of the few programs in the New York City area dedicated exclusively to providing comprehensive vision care for special needs children.

We help children affected by a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Autism
  • Albinism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Clumsy child syndrome
  • Congenital deformities
  • Spina bifida
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Genetic anomalies
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Congenital rubella syndrome
  • Cortical blindness
  • Deafness or hearing loss
  • Legal blindness
  • Total blindness
  • Failure to thrive
  • Shaken baby syndrome

We spend an average of two hours with each child in order to evaluate eye health and visual function. Our doctors often collaborate with other members of the child’s health care team to get a full sense of her/his needs and set appropriate goals. An individualized plan is developed to treat any issues and help each child reach his or her full visual potential.