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Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? It forms when sight in one eye is suppressed. Vision might be suppressed if someone struggles to see as well with one of their eyes because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that might be limiting vision in that eye. In addition to corrective glasses, one of the treatment options involves putting an eye patch on your child's eye for a number of hours per day to strengthen sight in the lazy eye. Patching.

It can be very challenging to have your son or daughter wear a patch, and no less if they are really young. Their more active eye is patched, which makes it harder for your child to see. It may be hard to justify the patch to a young child; that they must patch their eye to better the sight in their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is patched, thus restricting their sight. But fear not: there are several methods to help your kids wear their patch. For preschool-aged kids, you may find success by using a reward chart with stickers. There are lots of adhesive patches available in a cornucopia colors and patterns. Make it fun by allowing them to choose a different patch every day. For kids who are a little older, break down the importance of patching, and refer to it as an effective way to help their vision in the long term.

Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to preventing younger patients from pulling their patches off.

A positive outcome is dependent on you to stay focused on the long term goal.