Lots of kids have a lazy eye. A lazy eye comes about when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if your child struggles to see properly through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something that might be obstructing clear vision in that eye. In most cases, patches are the central and most productive part of treating a lazy eye. Our patients are told to apply their patch for a few hours daily, and patients will usually also require corrective glasses. Patching.
Often, parents find it extremely challenging to fit their children with eye patches, especially when they're on the younger side. When the stronger eye is patched, it restricts their ability to see. It may be difficult to rationalize the patch to a young child; that they need to cover their eye to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is precisely what makes the patching so difficult. But fear not: there are quite a few ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. Using a reward chart with stickers can really work for some kids. There are lots of adhesive patches available in many fun designs. Make it fun by allowing them to choose their patch every day and implement the reward chart with stickers For older kids, break down the mechanics of wearing a patch, and refer to it as an effective way to help their vision in the long term.
Perhaps you can wear a patch also, or maybe put a patch on one of their favorite toys. For very young children, there are flotation wings to keep them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.
Patches are great and can be really successful, but it depends on your child's help and your ability to stay focused on the long-term goal of recovering visual acuity in your child's weaker eye.