To Our Patching Families,
Sometimes it is hard to remember why we are patching. After placing the patch over our child’s stronger eye vision or pealing a sticky patch away from their reddend skin, it is easy to say, “We’ll skip patching today.” The most important thing to remember though, is that if your child’s Opthamologist asks for 4 hours every day, we as parents, MUST make 4 hours every day happen.
I am reading the book “Children with Visual Imparents, a Parents’ Guide,” and came across some words that must be shared. This book is a fabulous resource and I am hoping to write a book review when I am finished. The chapter I just read was on medical issues, treatment, and professionals written by Steven Stiles, O.D. and Robert Knox, M.D. There is a section on Amblyopia and they write, “It is very important that you realize the number one factor in the success of eye patching is to keep the patch on the eye as prescribed by the doctor (p.29).” Our chidren’s doctors may tell us what we need to do to give our kids a chance at improving their vision, but it is our responsibility to make sure that we follow through with this task, no matter how difficult. The best time to treat it is NOW, when our kids are young. Just think of this,
“Damage to the eye caused by failure to wear the patch will likely be permanent.”