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PATCHING THINGS UP

Children with amblyopia (“lazy eye”) will be happy to know that they don’t have to wear an eye patch for as long as was once thought necessary. Amblyopia develops when the brain favors one eye over the other, causing crossed eyes, wandering eyes, or a large discrepancy between the visual strength of the two eyes. Treatment consists of wearing a patch on the stronger eye to force the brain to use the other, weaker eye. Many children feel self-conscious while wearing an eye patch to correct the condition; however, research shows that, for children with moderate amblyopia, wearing an eye patch only two hours per day is as effective as wearing the patch for the standard six hours per day.  Early diagnosis of amblyopia increases the chance for a complete recovery. This is one reason why the American Optometric Association recommends that children have a comprehensive optometric examination by the age of 6 months and again at age 3. Our holistic approach to eye care ensures that you and your entire family get the best possible care, advice, and options for your vision needs. For severe amblyopia, researchers have found that a six-hour patching regimen, plus an hour of near work, is as effective as wearing a patch full-time.