17 Jul 5 Tips To Help Kids Wear Eye Patches
If patching is what your optometrist prescribed, here are 5 tips to make it easier for your kids.
Incorporate it into your daily routine. If they attend daycare, make sure the centre knows why you’re patching and how important it is.
Finding the right patch
Find one they feel comfortable wearing, which won’t irritate the skin.
Ensure no ‘peeking’
Make sure they can’t peek from the corners of the patch, as you won’t see an improvement in their vision. Pirate-style patches are at the highest risk of this.
Preserve their self-esteem
Ensuring they feel positive about wearing their patch is important. Ask for their input and maybe change the design from day to day.
Reward even the slightest improvement in their compliance. After your clinic visits reward your child to celebrate their visual improvement.
Words by Felicity Frankish