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Patch It Up

Many kids exhibit the symptoms of a lazy eye. It develops when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone can't see properly through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that may be obstructing sight in that eye. Usually, an eye patch is the central and most productive part of strengthening lazy eyes. We generally instruct our patients to apply their patch for several hours a day, and in most cases, the patients are required eye glasses as well. Patching.

A lot of parents find it really difficult to fit their kids with patches, particularly if they're preschool-aged. When the stronger eye is covered, it makes it harder for your child to see. It's a confusing notion- your child must wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their sight. But fear not: there are several ways that make eyepatches a bit less challenging for children to wear. With preschoolers, perhaps you can use a reward chart with stickers. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches available in many colors and patterns. Make it fun by allowing them to select their patch every day. With older children, break down the importance of wearing a patch, and refer to it as an exercise to strengthen the eye.

Another thing some parents have found success with is also placing a patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal. Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to keeping young children from pulling their patches off.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really successful, but it depends on you to keep committed to your long term goal.