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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

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.