Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? A lazy eye forms when the brain shuts off or suppresses sight in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child can’t see properly through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Usually, eye patches are prescribed to remedy a lazy eye. Our patients are advised to apply their patch for a few hours each day, and patients will often also require corrective glasses. Patching.
Many moms and dads have trouble fitting their kids with patches, particularly when they’re quite young. When their good eye is patched, it restricts their ability to see. It’s a frustrating conundrum- your child needs to patch their strong eye to better their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is exactly what makes patching so difficult. There are a few ways that make eyepatches a little less challenging for kids to wear. Employing the use of a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can be successful with some kids. There are a variety of adhesive patches available in different colors and patterns. Let your child be feel like they’re a part of the process and make it an activity by giving them the chance to choose their patch every day. Kids who are a little older can usually comprehend the process, so it’s helpful to sit and talk to them about it.
Maybe you can put a patch on also, or maybe put a patch on one of their favorite toys. For very young children, there are flotation wings to keep them from removing their patches.
Patches are great and can be very effective, but it depends on your child’s assistance and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of recovering strong vision in your child’s weaker eye.