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How long should a baby to wear an eye patch to correct a lazy eye?

How long should a baby to wear an eye patch to correct a lazy eye?

Depends: This is a question for your pediatric opthamologist. The answer varies depending upon the severity and response to therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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How to wear an eye patch to treat a kids lazy eye?

How to wear an eye patch to treat a kids lazy eye?

Difficult: You can tape it on, but kids don't like that and will remove it. You can fabricate a fun patch with a design with a little sewing talent and an elastic cord. There are commercial patches like 'opticlude' which can provide good occlusion. In all cases the child will be unhappy with the loss of vision from the better eye so it requires effort on the part of the parents and child. ...Read more

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Does wearing an eye patch correct a lazy eye?

Won't work: Eye patching works primarly in children who are 8 years old or less. Older children and teenagers who have never been treated may respond to patching. Adults do not respond. ...Read more

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Does an eye patch really help a lazy eye?

Does an eye patch really help a lazy eye?

Yes: Though there is some reduced benefit once the eye has fully developed. ...Read more

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Can the eye patch cure my lazy eye even though my age is 14 or is it too late and the patch is useless?

Can the eye patch cure my lazy eye even though my age is 14 or is it too late and the patch is useless?

Depends on situation: The brain uses both eyes equally giving depth perception & peripheral vision. If one eye is weaker or doesn't line up the image, the brain begins to ignore the input of the weaker eye.Patching the stronger eye makes the brain accept the weaker eye input allowing the connection to return to normal. You will only know if it works by trying it. It can help, even if pbm has gone on for a long time. ...Read more

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Can wearing an eye patch, closing one eye, improve vision and minor eye lag/lazy eye in other eye? How much training would it take to improve

Can wearing an eye patch, closing one eye, improve vision and minor eye lag/lazy eye in other eye? How much training would it take to improve

Possibly: If you had patching when you were an infant and a young child, then your eyes (each alone) may have reached their best potential vision by age eight. The vision can then drop in one of the eyes and be brought up to its best 8 year old level when you are older. If the vision was poor by age eight, then you are out of luck. ...Read more

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Can lazy eye be completely cured? I've heard that lazy eye can't be cured, only improved. Is that true? My 2-year-old son was just diagnosed with it, and his doctor said that as long as he wears his patch and glasses, he should be cured within a few month

Can lazy eye be completely cured? I've heard that lazy eye can't be cured, only improved. Is that true? My 2-year-old son was just diagnosed with it, and his doctor said that as long as he wears his patch and glasses, he should be cured within a few month

"Lazy : "lazy eye" tends to mean different things to different people. If you mean amblyopia (which is what it sounds like), it means that the brain begins favoring one eye over the other (or possibly even rejecting both eyes) and the wiring between the eye and the brain doesn't form properly. If the cause is addressed early in life like prescribing glasses, doing eye muscle surgery or removing cataracts, there is a greater chance of vision returning. Patching the good eye forces the child to look out of the "bad eye" so it helps lays down that wiring. Once the child is 8 or so, there is much less flexibility and the damage is already done. ...Read more

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Until when can I wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Until when can I wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Effectiveness : Patching the stronger eye can help keep the brain from turning off the input from the weaker eye.That process called amblyopia, takes place if eyes are misaligned causing double vision or one eye gives a blurry image.If the problem is not fixed by the time the visual system matures (6-8yr) it is unlikely to be helpful. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fix lazy eye by patching?

Long time: Depends on age (older = harder), severity of deviation, the amount of amblyopia, visual acuity, etc. Patching may be done in combination with other therapies. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more


Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of ...Read more