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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Eye Patching (Overview)

Strabismus is a disorder in which the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same object at the same time. The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes." Amblyopia or lazy eye must be treated first. A patch is placed over the better eye. This forces the weaker eye to work harder.


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I think both my eyes are cross slightly inward. Will eye patching will help?

I think both my eyes are cross slightly inward. Will eye patching will help?

Depends: Both eyes cannot be crossed at the same time. First, you will need to see an eye doctor to determine whether there is an eye turn. If so, treatment may include patching but this depends on age, prescription, whether the eye turn affects both eyes, whether it is present all the time, the magnitude of the turn and the presence of depth perception. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
9 doctors shared insights

Eye Patching (Overview)

Strabismus is a disorder in which the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same object at the same time. The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes." Amblyopia or lazy eye must be treated first. A patch is placed over the better eye. This forces the weaker eye to work harder.


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What to do if i think both my eyes cross slightly inward, eye patching will help?

What to do if i think both my eyes cross slightly inward, eye patching will help?

Crossed eyes: Typically develop when we are infants. It's possible that your eyes just look crossed but really aren't. If you are not having any double vision or one of your eyes isn't lazy (doesn't see well), then it's most likely that your eyes aren't crossing. Regardless, patching won't help. If this is a change in how your eyes look, then you should see an ophthalmologist to have this looked at. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do NOT rub eye
Once
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Does eye patching for cross eyes cause any pain?

Does eye patching for cross eyes cause any pain?

No: Patching is not done for crossed eyes, per se. It's for treating a lazy eye and forcing you to use it by blocking the other eye. Once the eye strenghthens (ie, neural connections develop), the crossed eyes can improve since now the brain is getting input from both eyes. But no, patching should not be painful. ...Read more

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Will eye patching help strabismus?

Will eye patching help strabismus?

Improve vision: In childhood strabismus, patching is used when the brain starts to ignore the vision from one eye. A patch is placed over the better eye to force the brain to pay attention to the vision from the supressed eye. This is why you can see children wearing eyepatches at times. ...Read more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect amblyopic eye
96 Hrs, Once for Once
Get annual eye exam
1 Yrs, Yearly for 1 Yrs, Yearly, forever
Use low vision aids if severe
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In eye-patching for strabismus, should you close or open the patched eye?

Usually easier to: Close the patched eye if taping on eyepads--will avoid abrasions. The goal of patching is to block incoming light into the eye, so if using an eye shield without a pad, eye doesn't have to be truly patched closed underneath. ...Read more

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Do you know which is better for lazy eye: patching or glasses?

Do you know which is better for lazy eye: patching or glasses?

Depends: Not strabismic eyes (straight) may be able to correct a lazy eye with glasses alone. If that does not work, more aggressive treatment with patching nd glasses is needed. Strabismic lazy eyes need patching, with/without glasses as is appropriate. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
Once
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Does wearing an eye patch change your vision?

Does wearing an eye patch change your vision?

Not really: The patch of course blocks the vision in the eye covered but does not change the condition of the underlying eye. Patching is used in infants and children to force an increase in vision in the open eye to prevent a condition called amblyopia. But such an effect is not seen in adults. ...Read more