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Focusing on Eye Patches

Lazy eyes are seen in many children, and are also not difficult to treat. Amblyopia develops when vision in one eye is stifled. This may happen if your child struggles to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that’s blocking sight in that eye. In addition to eye glasses, a common treatment option is placing an eye patch on your child’s eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen sight in the lazy eye. Patching.

A lot of moms and dads have trouble fitting their kids with eye patches, particularly if they’re quite young. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which makes it harder for your child to see. It’s a frustrating notion- your child is required to wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but can’t happen successfully unless their strong eye is covered, thus restricting their sight. There are a number of ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. Using a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can be successful with some kids. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the issue; patches are made in loads of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to select a different patch every day. Kids who are a little older will be able to understand the patching process, so it’s helpful to have a little session where you talk about it.

Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping young children from pulling their patches off.

A successful outcome needs your child’s cooperation and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of recovering visual acuity in your child’s weaker eye.