Are you worried your child has a lazy eye? Amblyopia comes about when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. This might happen if a child can’t see as well with one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In most cases, eye patches are recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. We generally tell our patients to have their patch on for a few hours a day, and patients will often also require corrective glasses. Patching.
In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to have your child fitted with an eye patch, and even harder when they’re really young. Their stronger eye is patched, which infringes on their ability to see. It may be tricky to justify the process to a young child; that they must wear the patch to help their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is patched, thus restricting their vision. There are quite a few methods that make eyepatches a bit easier for children to wear. With preschool-aged kids, you may find success by using a sticker chart. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the challenge; patches are sold in lots of patterns and colors that kids can get excited about. Let your child be a part of the process and make it fun by allowing them to choose their patch every day. With older children, tell them about the helpfulness of patching, and refer to it as a way to help the eye.
Another method some parents have found success with is also placing a patch on their child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal. Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping younger patients from pulling their patches off.
Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really successful, but it depends on you to keep focused on your long term goal.