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A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is commonly seen in many of our younger patients. Amblyopia comes about when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. This might occur if your child struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, an eye patch is prescribed to remedy lazy eyes. We generally instruct our patients to have their patch on for a couple of hours each day, and often the patients need corrective glasses as well. Patching.

A lot of parents have trouble fitting their kids with eye patches, particularly when they're quite young. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which restricts their ability to see. It's a confusing notion- your child must cover their strong eye to help the sight in their weaker eye, but can't happen successfully unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their sight. There are a number of methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. Implementing a reward system with stickers given when the patch is worn can really work with some kids. Patch manufacturers sympathize with your plight; patches are sold in loads of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Let your child be a part of the process and make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch each day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch is properly worn. Kids who are a little older can usually comprehend how patching works, so it's worthwhile to have a talk about it.

Another trick some parents find helpful is also placing a patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be very helpful, but it depends on your child's cooperation and your ability to remain focused on the long-term goal of recovering good vision in your child's lazy eye.