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A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Lazy eyes are seen in many children, and are also not difficult to treat. A lazy eye comes about when vision in one eye is suppressed. This may occur if someone can't see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that could be obstructing clear vision in that eye. Coupled with eye glasses, a reliable treatment option is patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to stimulate sight in the lazy eye. So how does wearing a patch really help? In short, implementing the use of an eyepatch helps your child's brain to connect with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.

A lot of parents find it extremely challenging to fit their children with eye patches, especially if they're preschool-aged. Their stronger eye is covered with the patch, which makes it harder for your child to see. It may be tricky to explain the patch to your young child; that they must cover their strong eye to improve their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. There are quite a few ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. With preschoolers, you may find success by using a sticker chart. There are lots of adhesive patches available in different colors and patterns. Make it fun by allowing them to select their patch every day. Older kids will be able to intellectualize the patching process, so it's helpful to have a little session where you talk about it.

Another thing some parents have found success with is also putting an eye patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal.

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

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