Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is commonly seen in lots of the kids we treat. A lazy eye comes about when the brain shuts off or suppresses sight in one eye. This can occur if someone isn’t able to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. In most cases, eye patches are recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. We generally tell our patients to apply their patch for a couple of hours daily, and often the patients are required glasses as well. Patching.

It can be quite difficult to have your son or daughter fitted with an eye patch, and even harder when they’re really young. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which infringes on their ability to see. It may be hard to justify the process to a young child; that they need to wear the patch to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is precisely the thing that makes patches so difficult. But don’t worry; there are quite a few tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. Using a reward chart with stickers can be successful with some kids. Eye patch manufacturers are aware of the issue; patches are made in lots of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it an activity by giving them the chance to select a new and fun patch every day. With kids who are a little older, break down the mechanics of patching, and talk about it as a way to help their vision in the long term.

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

A successful outcome is dependent on your child’s help and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of recovering visual acuity in your child’s weaker eye.

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