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Amblyopia is a vision problem that
occurs in a child when one eye is not used enough for the visual system in the
brain to develop properly. This leads to poor vision in the affected eye.
Amblyopia is usually treated by an
Help your child understand why the patch is needed.
Reward, support, and reassure your child. This will help your child comply with
the patching treatment so that he or she can develop the best vision possible.
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child wear
the patch and to help make the treatment more effective.
The more your child and the
people around him or her know about the patching as a treatment for
amblyopia, the more successful the treatment is likely to be.
Set clear guidelines and
establish realistic expectations for wearing the patch. These will help you and your child avoid a power struggle or a
battle of wills over wearing the patch. Your child will probably do better if he
or she understands when and how long the patch must be worn.
Wearing a patch can be difficult and
uncomfortable. By giving support and reassurance, you can help your child
comply with the patching treatment.
Wearing an eye patch is not
enjoyable. But there are some things you can do to make the times your
child is wearing the patch more fun and to help make the treatment more
Patching treatment for
amblyopia will be more effective if your child's weak eye has to work harder
while the normal eye is patched. Games and activities that require visual
acuity and eye-hand coordination work well.
Patches may irritate the
skin around the eye and may cause a light rash. Patches on elastic bands may
rub because they move more freely than adhesive patches. Adhesive patches are
preferred because they cover the normal eye more completely. But adhesive
patches may also irritate the skin. Talk to your doctor if your child gets
an irritation or skin rash.
March 8, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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