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A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, is commonly seen in children. A lazy eye develops when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone can't see properly through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In most cases, an eye patch is prescribed to remedy lazy eyes. We generally tell our patients to apply their patch for several hours each day, and patients will usually also need corrective glasses. Patching.

In some cases, it can be very difficult to have your son or daughter fitted with an eye patch, and even harder when they're too young to fully comprehend the concept. When the better eye is patched, it restricts their ability to see. It's a confusing conundrum- your child must patch their eye to help their weaker eye, but can't happen successfully unless their better eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. There are a few methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. Implementing a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can be great with some kids. Patch manufacturers understand the challenge; patches are made in loads of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it fun by allowing them to choose their patch each day. For older kids, break down the helpfulness of patching, and talk about it as a way to build strength in their eye.

Another method some parents find helpful is also placing a patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal. For very young children, you can use flotation wings to keep them from removing their patches.

A successful result needs your child's assistance and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of helping your child's vision.

 

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