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Patches: How Lazy Eyes Get Active

Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? It develops when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. This may occur if a child struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that's blocking vision 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 boost sight in the lazy eye. Patching.

It can be very difficult to have your son or daughter wear an eye patch, and no less when they're quite young. Their more active eye is covered with the patch, which infringes on their ability to see. It may be hard to explain the patch to your young child; that they must wear the patch to help the sight in their weaker eye, but can't happen successfully unless their strong eye is patched, thus restricting their vision. But don't worry; there are a few ways to help your son or daughter keep their patch on. Employing the use of a reward system with stickers can be great for some kids. There are lots of adhesive patches available in different fun designs. Take advantage of all the options and make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch each day and implement the aforementioned stickers as rewards. Older kids can usually understand the patching process, so it's useful to have a talk about it.

Perhaps you can wear a patch as well, or have a favorite stuffed animal or doll wear a patch too. Flotation wings are also helpful in preventing young children from removing their patches.

A successful outcome needs your child's cooperation and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of improving your child's vision.