1) It is important to patch the exact
amount that we've recommended for your child. Patching too
little may not be enough to help him/her, while patching too
much could actually make things worse.
2) You should monitor your child for any
peeking. Cheating will prevent the treatment from working.
3) If your child wears glasses, in most
cases s/he will need to wear the glasses in combination with the
4) You can purchase patches from our
office, certain drug stores, or online. If you've run out of
patches, it is important that you replenish your supply rather
than waiting until your next visit for confirmation of whether
or not you need to continue patching.
5) The glasses prescription will not
change as the vision improves with patching.
6) We understand how difficult it can be
to patch your child, but you will need to persist for the sake
of your child's vision. Having your child perform fun activities
while patching (such as reading, colouring/drawing, playing
games/puzzles) or setting up a reward system can make the
experience more enjoyable.
7) Atropine is a safe alternative but it
is not recommended for every patient. While using atropine, it
is especially important to follow our instructions and to attend
every visit. If your child is using atropine drops, please
refrain from using them 1-2 days prior to the appointment.
This site has
information on how to increase compliance, making patching time
count for the most and helpful hints.
You can choose
to join the Eye Patch Club and you will then receive a
newsletter which features tips and techniques for patching and
compliance as well as stories about as well as from children who
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