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Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are seen in lots of children, and are also not difficult to rectify. Amblyopia develops when vision in one eye is stifled. This may occur if someone isn't able to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Working in conjunction with corrective glasses, one of the treatment options is patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to boost vision in the lazy eye. Patching.

In some cases, it can be frustratingly challenging to have your child fitted with an eye patch, especially when they're too young to fully comprehend the treatment process. When the stronger eye is covered, it restricts their ability to see. It may be difficult to rationalize the process to your young child; that they need to wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is just what makes patches so difficult. There are a few tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. Implementing a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can really work for some kids. Patch manufacturers are aware of the issue; patches are available in loads of patterns and colors that kids can get excited about. Involve your child in the process and make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch every day and using the reward chart with stickers Older kids will be able to intellectualize the patching process, so it's worthwhile to sit and talk to them about it.

Another trick some parents find helpful is also placing an eye patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal.

A successful result needs you to remain committed to the goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.

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