Lazy eyes are pretty common, and are also quite easy to treat. It forms when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone isn’t able to see as well with one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Along with eye glasses, a common treatment option includes patching your child’s eye for a number of hours per day to stimulate vision in the lazy eye. But how does wearing a patch actually help? Basically, implementing the use of a patch helps your brain to connect with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.
Many moms and dads have trouble fitting their children with eye patches, particularly if they’re on the younger side. Their stronger eye is covered with the patch, which makes it harder for your child to see. It’s a confusing conundrum- your child must cover their eye to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their strong eye is patched, thus restricting their vision. But don’t worry; there are a number of ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. With preschoolers, you may find success by using a sticker chart. There are a variety of adhesive patches sold in a cornucopia fun designs. Take advantage of all the options and make it an activity by allowing them to choose their patch every day. Kids who are a little older can usually understand the process, so it’s useful to have a talk about it.
Patches are great and can be really helpful, but it depends on your child’s assistance and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of recovering good vision in your child’s weaker eye.