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Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Lazy eyes are really common, and are also not difficult to rectify. Amblyopia develops when vision in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if someone isn't able to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Working in conjunction with eye glasses, one of the treatment options is placing an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen vision in the lazy eye. Patching.

In some cases, it can be quite difficult to have your son or daughter wear an eye patch, and no less when they're really young. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which makes it harder for your child to see. It's a tricky paradox- your child needs to patch their eye to improve the eyesight in their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. There are quite a few tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. Using a reward chart with stickers can be great with some kids. Eye patch manufacturers are aware of your plight; patches are sold in loads of patterns and colors that kids will love. Involve your child in the process and make it an activity by giving them the chance to choose a new and fun patch every day and implement the reward chart with stickers Older kids can usually understand the patching process, so it's productive to have a talk about it.

Perhaps you can wear a patch as well, or have a favorite stuffed animal or doll wear a patch too. For very young children, there are flotation wings to prevent them from unsticking their patches.

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