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Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? It comes about when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see well through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that's blocking clear vision in that eye. Along with eye glasses, one of the treatment options involves patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen vision in the lazy eye. Patching.

It can be very difficult to have your son or daughter wear an eye patch, and even harder if they are too young to properly comprehend the treatment. When the stronger eye is patched, it restricts their ability to see. It's a confusing notion- your child is required to wear the patch to better their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. But fear not: there are a number of ways that make eyepatches a bit easier for children to wear. Using a reward system with stickers can be great for some kids. Eye patch manufacturers understand the challenge; patches are made in lots of patterns and colors that kids will love. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by giving them the chance to select their patch each day. Kids who are a little older will be able to comprehend the process, so it's worthwhile to have a little session where you talk about it.

For very young children, there are flotation wings to prevent them from removing their patches.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be very helpful, but it really requires you to stay committed to the goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.

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