Eye problems usually begin at a young age. If these problems don't get treated during early childhood, it is likely they will worsen later in life. With no treatment, eyesight and eye alignment will pause or decrease in development. But as a child, parents do not want them to be in pain. So how do you treat your child’s eye problems safely and painlessly?

When you hear eye patch, you think of a pirate; only pirates wear eye patches. But that’s not true. Eye patches are a real thing that some people need to use. Children actually need them more often than adults, for that’s when eyes need to get fixed the most. Here is everything you need to know about eye patches for kids. 

Eye Patches for Kids 

Eye patches are a product that optometrists, or eye doctors, use. These eye patches are to help fix eye problems that young children may have. It's used to treat Amblyopia. Patching the good eye forces kids to use the weaker eye to see, which encourages development for better vision.

Eye patches are also used to treat strabismus, refractive errors, and other abnormalities that prevent the eye from developing. Often, parents do not even know that their child has amblyopia. It rarely shows signs or makes itself present. 

The patching process is quick and easy. The operation is also safe and painless. Child eye patches are cloth, so they should be comfortable. Your child will not feel any inflammation, swelling, or tenderness from child eye patches.

What is an Eye Patch?

In the practice of optometry, the treatment of eye health, eye patches for kids are a great way to help with their eye conditions. Optometrists prescribe wearing an eye patch to treat those who have Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. 

If your child has strabismus, refractive errors, or other abnormalities, then they will get asked to wear an eye patch to fix the problem. All these could be what cause your child’s amblyopia. Strabismus is the scientific term for misaligned eyes. Refractive errors refer to unequal focus between the eyes. 

Patching also gets prescribed for a more straightforward reason. Some children have drifting eyes. So, an optometrist will prescribe patching to the child to help their vision. Patching for drifting eyes helps equalize the alignment and vision of your kids’ eyes.

History

Eye patches are usually known because pirates wore them. Pirates, many think, are characters in children’s stories, but they were real. Bandits of the sea were another name people used to describe pirates. Pirates would attack and steal from passing ships. But they often received horrible wounds and received very little treatment. 

The wounds that pirates received are what made them famous in the T.V. world. Some lost their legs, so they got a pegged leg. Others lost their hand and replaced it with a hook. Some lost their eyes, but there was no way to replace an eye. So, pirates would wear eye patches to cover their mangled eye for the benefit of those around him. 

Later, doctors began using eye patches for medical purposes. Doctors used circular metal covers to treat children. But, this was not comfortable, and it was unsafe. It was called the ‘Pirate Patch,’ and it was a handheld medical instrument. Cleanliness was also an issue with this instrument. Being used with hands increased the chance of patients getting eye infections and diseases. 

Because of the dangers the ‘Pirate Patch’ created, the soft bandage eye patches got created. Its design was based on a pirate’s leather patch. But these new patches got made with softer materials like cloth. These would stick to the area around the eye and provided much more safety and comfort than the metal patch. Patches have advanced over time, becoming even more safe, comfortable, and reliable.

Is there a need for it?

How to use an Eye Patch

The Perfect Patch

Final Thoughts

Eye patches are a great way to treat your child’s amblyopia. The patching process is easy and not at all time-consuming. By placing a patch over your little one’s good eye, their bad eye will be their only option for sight; this will improve their eyesight and eye development. Plus, it will treat their amblyopia painlessly and comfortably. 

With the comfort that patches bring, your child will have zero complaints about irritation. You could treat them with the patch that sticks over their eye like a bandage. But that one is not reusable. If you want to use a patch more than once, you can get a reusable cloth patch. These patches slide on to both metal and plastic glasses, are washable, and come in three different sizes. 

Patching is an easy and painless way to help with your child’s eye alignment, lazy eye, and amblyopia. With this easy process, your child will have little to complain about when it comes to irritation from the patch because there will not be any. You now have everything you need to know about eye patches for kids.

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