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Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are seen in many kids, and are also not difficult to rectify. A lazy eye forms when vision in one eye is suppressed. This might happen if a child can’t see as well with one of their eyes due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that’s limiting vision in that eye. Usually, eye patches are the central and most productive part of remedying lazy eyes. Our patients are instructed to have their patch on for a few hours a day, and often the patients are required eye glasses as well. Patching.

A lot of moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with eye patches, especially if they’re on the younger side. When their better eye is covered, it makes it harder for your child to see. It may be challenging to rationalize the patch to a young child; that they must cover their strong eye to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but can’t happen unless their better eye is patched, which temporarily limits their sight. There are a number of tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. For preschool-aged kids, use a sticker chart. There are a variety of adhesive patches sold in a cornucopia fun designs. Let your child be feel like they’re a part of the process and make it fun by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch every day. Older kids can usually comprehend the patching process, so it’s productive to have a little session where you talk about it.

Another method some parents find helpful is also putting a patch on their child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal.

Patches are great and can be really helpful, but it depends on you to remain focused on your long term goal.