Lazy eyes are extremely common, and are also not difficult to fix. It forms when sight in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if your child struggles to see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, eye patches are the central and most productive part of strengthening a lazy eye. We generally tell our patients to apply their patch for several hours a day, and patients will often also require corrective glasses. Patching.
It can be frustratingly difficult to have your son or daughter wear a patch, and no less if they are really young. Their stronger eye is covered with the patch, which makes it harder for your child to see. It’s a tricky conundrum- your child is required to patch their eye to help their weaker eye, but can’t happen successfully unless their better eye is patched, thus restricting their sight. There are several methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. Employing the use of a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can really work for some kids. Eye patch manufacturers are aware of your plight; patches are available in lots of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Take advantage of all the options and make it an activity by allowing them to select their patch every day. For older kids, explain the helpfulness of wearing a patch, and refer to it as a way to help their vision in the long term.
Another thing 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.
A successful result is dependent on you to keep committed to your long term goal.