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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Lazy eyes are seen in lots of kids, and are also not difficult to treat. Amblyopia forms when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. This might happen if someone can't see as well with one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that's obstructing clear sight in that eye. Coupled with corrective glasses, one of the treatment options is patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to stimulate vision in the lazy eye. But how does patching actually work? In short, employing the use of a patch helps your child's brain to better interact with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.

A lot of moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with eye patches, especially if they're preschool-aged. Their stronger eye is patched, which infringes on their ability to see. It may be difficult to explain the patch to a young child; that they must wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is precisely the thing that makes patches so hard. But don't worry; there are a number of methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. For preschoolers, you may find success by using a reward chart with stickers. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the challenge; patches are made in loads of patterns and colors that kids will love. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by allowing them to choose their patch each day and implement the reward chart with stickers For kids who are a little older, tell them about the importance of patching, and talk about it as an effective way to help their vision in the long term.

For very young children, you can use flotation wings to prevent them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.

A successful result needs your child's help and your ability to remain focused on the long-term goal of helping your child's vision.