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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Lazy eyes are quite common, and are also not difficult to fix. It develops when sight in one eye is suppressed. This might happen if your child can’t see properly through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something that could be blocking vision in that eye. In most cases, eye patches are recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. Our patients are told to wear their patch for a few hours daily, and in most cases, the patients need eye glasses as well. But how does patching actually remedy the problem? Well, for the most part, implementing the use of a patch encourages your child’s brain to connect with the weaker eye, eventually improving how well it functions.

In some cases, it can be extremely hard to have your son or daughter fitted with an eye patch, and even harder if they are really young. When their stronger eye is covered, it infringes on their ability to see. It can be hard to explain the patch to your young child; that they need to wear the patch to help the sight in their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is covered, which temporarily limits their sight. There are a number of tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. For preschoolers, perhaps you can use a reward chart with stickers. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the challenge; patches are made in lots of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by allowing them to select their patch each day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch stays on. With older kids, explain the importance of patching, and refer to it as an exercise to help their vision in the long term.

For very young children, you can use flotation wings to prevent them from unsticking their patches.

A positive result needs you to stay focused on the long term goal.