Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is commonly seen in lots of kids. Amblyopia develops when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. This can occur if a child can’t see well through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Usually, eye patches are the central and most productive part of strengthening a lazy eye. Our patients are told to have their patch on for several hours daily, and patients will often also need corrective glasses. Patching.
It can be quite hard to have your son or daughter fitted with a patch, and no less if they are too young to fully understand the treatment. Their stronger eye is patched, which makes it harder for your child to see. It can be challenging to explain the process to your young child; that they need to patch their strong eye to improve the eyesight in their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. There are several ways that make eyepatches a bit less challenging for kids to wear. Employing the use of a reward system with stickers given when the patch is worn can really work with some kids. There are lots of adhesive patches sold in a cornucopia colors and patterns. Make it fun by giving them the chance to select their patch each day. For older children, explain the importance of patching, and talk about it as an exercise to strengthen their eye.
Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to keeping younger patients from removing their patches.
Patches are great and can be very helpful, but it really requires your child’s assistance and your ability to remain focused on the long-term goal of recovering good vision in your child’s weaker eye.