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Focusing on Eye Patches

Lots of kids have a lazy eye. It forms when the brain turns off or suppresses vision in one eye. This may happen if a child struggles to see as well with one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something that’s blocking clear vision in that eye. Working in conjunction with eye glasses, a reliable treatment option is placing an eye patch on your child’s eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen vision in the lazy eye. So how does wearing a patch really help? Well, for the most part, wearing a patch helps your child’s brain to connect with the weaker eye, eventually strengthening how well it functions.

A lot of moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with patches, especially if they’re on the younger side. When the better eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It’s a confusing notion- your child needs to wear the patch to help their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is covered, thus restricting their sight. There are a few tricks to help your child wear their patch. With preschool-aged kids, perhaps you can use a reward chart with stickers. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches available in a cornucopia colors and patterns. Make it fun by giving them the chance to select a different patch every day. Kids who are a little older will be able to understand the process, so it’s productive to sit and talk to them about it.

Perhaps wear a patch along with your child, or maybe put a patch on their favorite doll.

A good result needs you to remain focused on your goal of improving your child’s vision and ultimately, their quality of life.