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Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Many children experience a lazy eye. Amblyopia forms when the brain switches off or suppresses sight in one eye. This can happen if someone can't see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that's limiting vision in that eye. Coupled with corrective glasses, one of the treatment options involves putting an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen vision in the lazy eye. Patching.

Often, moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with patches, particularly when they're quite young. When their good eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It's a frustrating conundrum- your child is required to patch their strong eye to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their better eye is patched, which temporarily limits their vision. There are a few methods that make eyepatches a bit less challenging for kids to wear. Employing the use of a reward chart with stickers can be successful with some kids. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches available in a cornucopia fun designs. Let your child be feel like they're a part of the process and make it fun by giving them the chance to choose their patch each day. For older kids, explain the mechanics of patching, and refer to it as an effective way to help their vision in the long term.

Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to preventing young children from pulling their patches off.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really successful, but it depends on your child's cooperation and your ability to stay focused on the long-term goal of restoring visual acuity in your child's weaker eye.