Eye Patches

Beth - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 3 year old son who, as of yesterday now has to wear an eye patch for 4 hours a day. Suprisingly he is actually really good with it and doesnt try to take it off at all. He's so good with it I wonder if I should keep it on for more than 4 hours a day? I think the doctor was asuming that he wouldn't keep the patch on and that 4 hours was enough untill he got used to it. I'm wondering if I have him wear the patch longer will it make the sight in his bad eye better quicker or will it do more damage than good? Does the eye need time without the patch on as well?

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Kym - posted on 05/19/2010

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Hi Beth,

I don't really have experience with this, but when my aunt was born (yes she's younger than me) she had an infection in her eye and unfortunately the doc had to remove her lens. She had to wear eye patches to try and make her other eye work a little. She would have to wear them for 4 hours to start with and then the times increased but she did have to have it off for a least 2 hours a day to give her poorly eye a rest.

I might also like to add that she still doesnt have any sight in here poorly eye so now she just has to wear a pair of glasses (with glass no lens) just to protect her good eye so she can still see.

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