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Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Are you worried your son or daughter has a lazy eye? Amblyopia forms when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. This can happen if a child isn't able to see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that could be limiting sight in that eye. Usually, an eye patch is prescribed to remedy a lazy eye. We generally tell our patients to wear their patch for a few hours daily, and often the patients need glasses as well. Patching.

It can be frustratingly difficult to have your child wear a patch, and no less when they're really young. When the good eye is covered, it restricts their ability to see. It's a confusing paradox- your child must wear the patch to help the sight in their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is just what makes the patching so difficult. There are quite a few ways to help your kids keep their patch on. Implementing a reward system with stickers can really work with some kids. Patch manufacturers understand the challenge; patches are made in loads of patterns and colors that kids can get excited about. Involve your child in the process and make it an activity by allowing them to select a different patch every day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch is properly worn. For kids who are a little older, explain the importance of wearing a patch, and talk about it as an effective way to help the eye.

Another method some parents have found success with is also placing a patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal. For very young children, you can use flotation wings to keep them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.

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