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
- Using a close-up device during screen time
- Coloring, cutting paper, making crafts, playing with Play-Doh
- Playing video games
- Reading books
- Having the child wear the patch when already distracted (for example, while playing or eating)
Red Mark or Rash on Face From the Patch
Rub Aquaphor healing ointment or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on the irritation before bedtime to promote quick healing. To prevent further irritation, put a small layer of Milk of Magnesia (or similar brand) on the skin where the patch is to be applied. Then apply the patch on top of the dried Milk of Magnesia. This will protect the skin and help the patch come off more easily.
What If the Eye Starts to Turn In or Out?
Do not stop patching. Call your doctor.
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.