Amblyopia, which is also called lazy eye, is commonly seen in lots of the kids we treat. Amblyopia develops when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child can’t see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, an eye patch is recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. Our patients are advised to apply their patch for several hours daily, and in most cases, the patients are required corrective glasses as well. Patching.
In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to have your child wear a patch, especially if they are quite young. When the better eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It can be difficult to justify the process to your young child; that they need to patch their strong eye to help the sight in their weaker eye, but can’t happen successfully unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their sight. There are several methods that make eyepatches a bit funner for children to wear. For preschoolers, use a sticker chart. There are lots of adhesive patches sold in a cornucopia fun designs. Take advantage of all the options and make it an activity by allowing them to choose their patch each day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch stays on. For kids who are a little older, explain the mechanics of wearing a patch, and refer to it as an exercise to strengthen their eye.
Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to keeping young children from pulling their patches off.
Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be very helpful, but it really requires your child’s cooperation and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of improving your child’s vision.