Patching is a common treatment for amblyopia. A patch is placed over the strong eye which forces the child to use the weaker eye. As a result, the weak eye gets stronger. Your child must wear the patch every day.
Ways to Help Your Child Pass the Time
- Watching TV or a favorite movie
- Coloring, cutting paper, making crafts
- Playing video games
Wearing the Patch While Sleeping
Your child should not wear the patch while sleeping. Patching is only done while your child is awake.
Red Mark or Rash on Face From the Patch
Put a small layer of Milk of Magnesia on the rash and let it dry. Then apply the patch on top of the dried Milk of Magnesia.
What If the Eye Starts to Turn In or Out?
Do not stop patching until your next appointment, even if you see a change in the other eye. Do not use pirate patches.
Glasses and the Patch
If your child is wearing glasses, he/she should keep wearing the glasses and put the patch on the eye, not on the glasses.