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Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Amblyopia, which is also called lazy eye, is commonly seen in lots of kids. It comes about when vision in one eye is suppressed. This can happen if someone isn’t able to see as well with one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, an eye patch is recommended in the treatment of a lazy eye. Our patients are told to have their patch on for a couple of hours each day, and patients will often also require corrective glasses. Patching.

It can be very hard to have your son or daughter wear a patch, and no less if they are really young. Their more active eye is patched, which makes it harder for your child to see. It’s a frustrating notion- your child is required to wear the patch to improve the eyesight in their weaker eye, but can’t happen successfully unless their better eye is patched, which temporarily limits their vision. But fear not: there are a few tricks that make eyepatches a bit funner for children to wear. Using a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can really work with some kids. Eye patch manufacturers are aware of the challenge; patches are sold in loads of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Involve your child in the process and make it an activity by allowing them to choose their patch each day. Kids who are a little older can usually comprehend the process, so it’s worthwhile to have a talk about it.

Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping little kids from removing their patches.

A good outcome is dependent on your child’s cooperation and your ability to remain focused on the long-term goal of recovering good vision in your child’s weaker eye.

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