Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is a condition commonly seen in many of our younger patients. A lazy eye comes about when sight in one eye is suppressed. This might happen if a child can't see well through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something else that might be obstructing vision in that eye. Coupled with corrective glasses, a reliable treatment option is placing an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to stimulate sight in the lazy eye. Patching.
It can be frustratingly difficult to have your child fitted with an eye patch, especially when they're too young to fully understand the concept. When the good eye is patched, it infringes on their ability to see. It may be hard to explain the process to your young child; that they must cover their strong eye to help their weaker eye, but can't happen successfully unless their strong eye is patched, thus restricting their sight. There are a few ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. For preschoolers, you may find success by using a sticker chart. There are a variety of ready-to-wear patches available in many colors and patterns. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by allowing them to select their patch every day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch is properly worn. With kids who are a little older, tell them about the mechanics of wearing a patch, and refer to it as an effective way to help their vision in the long term.
Maybe wear a patch together with your child, or have a favorite stuffed animal or doll wear a patch too. Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping young children from pulling their patches off.
A good result needs you to keep committed to the goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.