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Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Lazy eyes are extremely common, and are also quite easy to treat. It develops when vision in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if someone can't see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that may be obstructing sight in that eye. Along with corrective glasses, a common treatment option includes patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen sight in the lazy eye. Patching.

It can be quite difficult to have your son or daughter fitted with an eye patch, especially when they're quite young. When the good eye is patched, it infringes on their ability to see. It's a tricky conundrum- your child must patch their eye to better the sight in their weaker eye, but that weak eyesight is precisely what makes the patching so hard. There are a number of methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. With preschoolers, you may find success by using a reward chart with stickers. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the challenge; patches are sold in loads of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Let your child be a part of the process and make it fun by giving them the opportunity to select their patch each day. Kids who are a little older will be able to understand the process, so it's useful to have a little session where you talk about it.

Another thing some parents have found success with is also placing an eye patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal. For very young children, there are flotation wings to stop them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really helpful, but it really requires you to stay committed to the long term goal.