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Focusing on Eye Patches

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is a condition commonly seen in lots of the kids we treat. A lazy eye develops when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone struggles to see properly through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that's obstructing clear vision in that eye. Usually, an eye patch is recommended in the treatment of a lazy eye. Our patients are instructed to wear their patch for several hours each day, and in most cases, the patients are required glasses as well. Patching.

Many parents find it extremely hard to fit their children with patches, particularly if they're preschool-aged. Their more active eye is patched, which infringes on their ability to see. It may be hard to justify the process to a young child; that they must wear the patch to help their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is exactly what makes the patching so difficult. But don't worry; there are several tricks that make eyepatches a bit funner for kids to wear. With preschool-aged kids, perhaps you can use a sticker chart. There are lots of ready-to-wear patches available in a cornucopia fun designs. Let your child be feel like they're a part of the process and make it an activity by allowing them to select a new and fun patch each day. With older children, explain the importance of patching, and refer to it as an effective way to build strength in the eye.

Perhaps wear a patch along with your child, or maybe put a patch on their favorite doll. Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to keeping younger patients from removing their patches.

A positive result needs you to remain focused on the long term goal.