Are you concerned that your son or daughter has a lazy eye? It forms when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This may happen if someone can't see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that could be limiting clear sight in that eye. Along with eye glasses, a common treatment option includes patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to boost vision in the lazy eye. But how does patching actually work? Well, for the most part, wearing an eye patch helps your brain to connect with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.
A lot of parents find it really challenging to fit their kids with eye patches, particularly if they're on the younger side. Their stronger eye is covered with the patch, which infringes on their ability to see. It can be challenging to rationalize the process to your young child; that they must wear the patch to improve their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is patched, which temporarily limits their sight. There are a number of ways that make eye patches a bit easier for children to wear. For preschool-aged kids, use a reward chart with stickers. Patch manufacturers are aware of the issue; patches are available in loads of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch each day. For older kids, tell them about the helpfulness of wearing a patch, and talk about it as an exercise to strengthen the eye.
Maybe wear a patch together with your child, or maybe put a patch on one of their favorite toys. For very young children, you can use flotation wings to keep them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.
A successful result needs you to keep focused on your goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.