As orthoptists, we understand how difficult it is for your
child to wear a patch. We are, after all, asking him to cope
with reduced vision for a few hours a day which must seem
very unfair to a small child. However, the following hints
and tips may help to make the experience less traumatic for
both of you:
• ENJOY some quality
time together when your child is wearing his patch. Reading,
painting, jigsaw puzzles and even
online games (visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc)
can help take his mind off wearing the patch as well as providing some much
needed visual stimulation.
• PRAISE AND REWARD your child every time she wears her patch,
even if it is only for a fraction of the time prescribed.
Stickers, treats, a trip to the park,
a favourite game can all help to encourage your child to wear her patch.
• GLASSES must be comfortable and fit well in order to maximise
your child's visual potential. He should be looking through
the centre of the lens. Your
patch will only provide effective occlusion if your child's glasses fit correctly.
If necessary, take your child back to the optician to have his glasses adjusted.
• ATTEND your clinic/hospital appointments regularly. It
is important that your child's vision is monitored closely
when wearing a patch. If she has
the patch as prescribed, in most cases you will see a steady improvement
in her vision. If, however, you are finding it difficult to encourage your
wear her patch, your orthoptist may be able to find an alternative solution
for her, if appropriate.
• FINALLY - remember, if your child wears his patch as prescribed
by your orthoptist, his vision will improve more quickly
and he will be able to
stop the treatment
sooner rather than later!! Please note, although I am a qualified orthoptist,
the above is general advice and I will not comment or offer advice on
the treatment of individual cases. Please contact your child's