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Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are seen in many children, and are also quite easy to rectify. It forms when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child isn't able to see as well with one of their eyes because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that's limiting sight in that eye. In most cases, patches are prescribed to remedy a lazy eye. We generally instruct our patients to apply their patch for a couple of hours daily, and in most cases, the patients are required corrective glasses as well. But how does patching really help? Basically, implementing the use of an eyepatch encourages your brain to connect with the weaker eye, eventually strengthening how well it functions.

A lot of moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with eye patches, particularly when they're on the younger side. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which restricts their ability to see. It's a tricky notion- your child must wear the patch to better their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is exactly the thing that makes patches so hard. There are several methods that make eyepatches a little easier for kids to wear. Using a reward chart with stickers can be successful with some kids. There are lots of adhesive patches sold in many fun designs. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by giving them the chance to select a new and fun patch every day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch is properly worn. Kids who are a little older will be able to comprehend how patching works, so it's helpful to have a little session where you talk about it.

Maybe wear a patch along with your child, or maybe put a patch on one of their favorite toys. Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to preventing young children from removing their patches.

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

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