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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Lazy eyes are seen in lots of children, and are also quite easy to rectify. Amblyopia develops when vision in one eye is stifled. Vision might be suppressed if your child struggles to see as well with one of their eyes due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that's limiting clear vision in that eye. Working in conjunction with corrective glasses, a common treatment option is putting an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to boost vision in the lazy eye. So how does wearing a patch actually help? Basically, employing the use of an eyepatch encourages your brain to better interact with the weaker eye, eventually improving how well it functions.

Many parents have trouble fitting their kids with eye patches, especially when they're quite young. When the good eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It may be difficult to justify the patch to your young child; that they need to wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is just what makes the patching so hard. There are a number of tricks to help your kids keep their patch on. Implementing a reward chart with stickers can really work for some kids. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches sold in different fun designs. Let your child be a part of the process and make it fun by giving them the chance to choose their patch each day and implement the reward chart with stickers Older kids will be able to understand the patching process, so it's useful to have a talk about it.

 

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really helpful, but it depends on you to stay committed to your goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.