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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Are you worried your son or daughter has a lazy eye? It comes about when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This might occur if a child struggles to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something else that's obstructing clear sight in that eye. Coupled with eye glasses, a reliable treatment option includes placing an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen sight in the lazy eye. Patching.

It can be extremely challenging to have your son or daughter fitted with a patch, especially when they're really young. When the better eye is covered, it restricts their ability to see. It's a frustrating conundrum- your child is required to cover their strong eye to improve their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is just the thing that makes patching so hard. But don't worry; there are quite a few tricks to help your child keep their patch on. With preschool-aged kids, you may find success by using a sticker chart. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches sold in a cornucopia fun designs. Make it an activity by allowing them to select their patch each day. Kids who are a little older can usually understand how patching works, so it's productive to sit and talk to them about it.


A successful outcome is dependent on you to remain focused on your goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.