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Lots of children experience a lazy eye. It forms when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This can happen if your child struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Along with eye glasses, one of the treatment options is patching your child's eye for a number of hours per day to stimulate vision in the lazy eye. But how does wearing a patch really remedy the problem? Basically, employing the use of an eyepatch helps your child's brain to better interact with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.

It can be frustratingly hard to have your son or daughter fitted with an eye patch, especially when they're too young to really comprehend the treatment process. When the better eye is covered, it infringes on their ability to see. It may be tricky to rationalize the patch to a young child; that they must wear the patch to better the eyesight in their weaker eye, but not being able to see well is exactly the thing that makes patching so difficult. But don't worry; there are several methods to help your kids keep their patch on. With preschoolers, you may find success by using a reward chart with stickers. Eye patch manufacturers sympathize with your plight; patches are sold in loads 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 giving them the opportunity to select their patch each day and using the aforementioned stickers as prizes. With kids who are a little older, break down the importance of patching, and talk about it as an exercise to help their vision in the long term.

Perhaps wear a patch along with your child, or maybe put a patch on their favorite doll. Flotation wings are also helpful in keeping young children from pulling their patches off.

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