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Amblyopia: Wearing an Eye Patch

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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 ophthalmologist.

How you can help your child wear an eye patch for amblyopia

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.

Provide information

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 ground rules

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.

Be supportive

Wearing a patch can be difficult and uncomfortable. By giving support and reassurance, you can help your child comply with the patching treatment.

Try to have some fun

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 effective.

Make the weak eye work

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.

Help reduce irritation

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.

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Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

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