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Lots of children exhibit the symptoms of a lazy eye. It forms when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if your child struggles to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. In most cases, eye patches are recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. We generally instruct our patients to apply their patch for a few hours each day, and patients will usually also need corrective glasses. But how does patching actually work? Well, for the most part, wearing an eyepatch trains your brain to connect with the weaker eye, eventually improving how well it functions.

Often, moms and dads have trouble fitting their kids with eye patches, especially if they're quite young. When the stronger eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It's a tricky paradox- your child is required to wear the patch to help the eyesight in their weaker eye, but can't happen successfully unless their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their sight. But don't worry; there are several tricks to help your son or daughter keep their patch on. Implementing a reward chart with stickers can be great with some kids. Eye patch manufacturers understand your plight; patches are available in lots of patterns and colors that kids will love. Make it fun by giving them the chance to select a different patch every day and using the aforementioned stickers as prizes. Kids who are a little older can usually intellectualize the patching process, so it's helpful to sit and talk to them about it.

Another method some parents find helpful is also putting an eye patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal. Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping little kids from pulling their patches off.

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