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Lots of our younger patients experience a lazy eye. Amblyopia comes about when the brain switches off or suppresses vision in one eye. This might occur if someone struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that may be blocking sight in that eye. In most cases, an eye patch is prescribed to remedy a lazy eye. Our patients are instructed to wear their patch for a couple of hours daily, and patients will often also require corrective glasses. Patching.

A lot of parents have trouble fitting their children with patches, especially if they're quite young. When the better eye is patched, it makes it harder for your child to see. It's a confusing paradox- your child is required to patch their eye to help the sight in their weaker eye, but can't happen unless their strong eye is patched, which temporarily limits their sight. But don't worry; there are a number of ways to help your son or daughter keep their patch on. For preschoolers, use a reward chart with stickers. Patch manufacturers sympathize with the issue; patches are made in loads of kid-friendly colors and patterns. Take advantage of all the options and make it fun by giving them the chance to select a new and fun patch every day. Kids who are a little older will be able to comprehend how patching works, so it's helpful to have a talk about it.

Another method some parents have found success with is also putting a patch on their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal.

Patches are a great solution to lazy eyes and can be really successful, but it depends on you to remain committed to your goal of improving your child's vision and ultimately, their quality of life.

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Welcome to Texas State Optical Katy Fry

Welcome to Texas State Optical Katy Fry

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