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Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Lazy eyes are seen in many kids, and are also not difficult to fix. A lazy eye forms when vision in one eye is stifled. This might happen if your child struggles to see as well with one of their eyes because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. In addition to corrective glasses, one of the treatment options involves patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to boost vision in the lazy eye. Patching.

In some cases, it can be quite challenging to have your son or daughter wear a patch, and even harder if they are really young. When the better eye is covered, it infringes on their ability to see. It's a tricky notion- your child is required to wear the patch to help the sight in their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is patched, which temporarily limits their vision. There are quite a few ways to help your son or daughter keep their patch on. With preschoolers, you may find success by using a sticker chart. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with the challenge; patches are sold in lots of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it fun by giving them the opportunity to choose their patch every day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch is properly worn. With older children, break down the importance of wearing a patch, and talk about it as a way to strengthen the eye.

Maybe wear a patch together with your child, or have a favorite stuffed animal or doll wear a patch too.

A successful result needs your child's help and your ability to stay focused on the long-term goal of improving your child's vision.

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