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A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Lazy eyes are pretty common, and are also quite easy to treat. Amblyopia forms when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone can’t see properly through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Along with corrective glasses, one of the treatment options is patching your child’s eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen vision in the lazy eye. But how does wearing a patch really work? In short, implementing the use of an eyepatch encourages your brain to better communicate with the weaker eye, eventually improving how well it functions.

A lot of parents have trouble fitting their children with eye patches, particularly if they’re on the younger side. Their stronger eye is patched, which makes it harder for your child to see. It may be challenging to explain the patch to a young child; that they need to patch their eye to better their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is precisely the thing that makes patching so hard. There are a number of methods that make eyepatches a little funner for kids to wear. Implementing a reward chart with stickers can really work for some kids. Patch manufacturers are aware of the issue; patches are sold in lots of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it an activity by allowing them to choose a different patch every day and implement the reward chart with stickers For older kids, break down the importance of wearing a patch, and talk about it as a way to build strength in their eye.

Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping little kids from removing their patches.

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