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A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Amblyopia, which is also called lazy eye, is frequently seen in lots of kids. Amblyopia comes about when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if your child struggles to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, patches are prescribed to remedy a lazy eye. We generally instruct our patients to apply their patch for several hours a day, and often the patients need corrective glasses as well. But how does patching really work? Well, for the most part, employing the use of a patch helps your child's brain to better communicate with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.

In some cases, it can be frustratingly challenging to have your son or daughter wear a patch, and even harder when they're really young. Their more active eye is patched, which infringes on their ability to see. It's a confusing notion- your child is required to wear the patch to improve the eyesight in their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is just the thing that makes patching so difficult. But fear not: there are quite a few tricks that make eyepatches a little funner for kids to wear. For preschoolers, use a reward chart with stickers. Eye patch manufacturers understand the challenge; patches are sold in loads of patterns and colors that kids can get excited about. Make it fun by allowing them to choose a new and fun patch each day and implement the reward chart with stickers With kids who are a little older, explain the helpfulness of patching, and refer to it as a way to help their vision in the long term.

For very young children, you can use flotation wings to stop them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.

A successful result needs you to keep focused on the goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.