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Focusing on Lazy Eyes

Lazy eyes are really common, and are also not difficult to rectify. It comes about when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that's limiting clear vision in that eye. Usually, patches are recommended in the treatment of a lazy eye. We generally advise our patients to apply their patch for a couple of hours each day, and patients will usually also require corrective glasses. Patching.

Often, parents find it quite challenging to fit their kids with patches, especially if they're preschool-aged. Their stronger eye is patched, which infringes on their ability to see. It's a confusing notion- your child must wear the patch to help their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their strong eye is covered, which temporarily limits their vision. There are a few methods to encourage your child to wear their patch. With preschoolers, use a sticker chart. Patch manufacturers are aware of the challenge; patches are sold in lots of patterns and colors that kids can get excited about. Let your child be feel like they're a part of the process and make it fun by allowing them to select their patch every day and using the reward chart with stickers Older kids will be able to understand the process, so it's worthwhile to have a little session where you talk about it.

For very young children, there are flotation wings to keep them from reaching their eyes to remove the patch.

A good result is dependent on you to stay committed to the long term goal.


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updated Feb. 16, 2023
In light of New York’s lifting the mask mandate, as of February 12, 2023, masks are no longer considered mandatory at our office.

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