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Eye Patches

Eye patching or occlusion therapy is vision therapy performed by wearing an eye patch over one eye.

What is Eye Patching?

Eye patches play a crucial role in vision therapy, offering a multitude of benefits that are essential for promoting healthy visual development.

How Do Eye Patches Work?

Simply apply the eye patch over the stronger eye. Engage in visual activities such as reading, drawing, or playing games to stimulate the weaker eye. With consistent use, you’ll notice gradual improvements in visual function and overall eye health.

Which Eye Needs to be Covered?

In the patching therapy, the stronger eye needs to be covered. By occluding the stronger eye, the connection between the brain and the weaker eye is reinforced. Similarly, patching the stronger eye encourages the weaker eye to strengthen and develop. Consequently, visual coordination and depth perception improve.

Benefits of Eye Patching

Promoting visual acuity

By encouraging the weaker eye to actively engage and strengthen, eye patches promote visual acuity, leading to improved clarity and sharpness of vision over time.

Non-invasive treatment

Unlike surgical interventions or invasive procedures, eye patches offer a non-invasive approach to vision therapy. They are comfortable to wear and do not require any surgical procedures or extensive recovery periods.

Convenience

Eye patches can be easily incorporated into daily routines and activities. They are portable and lightweight, making them convenient to wear at home, school, or work, without disrupting daily tasks or activities.

Customizable

Eye patches come in various sizes, shapes, and materials, allowing for customization to suit individual needs and preferences.

For Whom is Eye Patching Therapy Suitable?

Eye patching therapy is a proven technique used to treat various visual conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). Moreover, it is suitable for kids who struggle with difficulty using both eyes together, hand-eye coordination problems, and individuals who have poor visual tracking skills.

How Effective is Eye Patching?

Eye patching has been extensively studied and proven to be an effective method for improving visual function in various conditions. Here’s an overview of its effectiveness:

Here's an overview of its effectiveness

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Eye patching is one of the primary treatments for amblyopia, a condition characterized by reduced vision in one eye.

Strabismus (Crossed Eyes): In cases of strabismus, where the eyes are misaligned, eye patching may be used as part of a comprehensive treatment approach. By encouraging the weaker eye to strengthen and align with the stronger eye, patching can help improve ocular alignment and binocular vision.

Age and compliance: The effectiveness of eye patching therapy may vary depending on factors such as age, severity of the visual impairment, and compliance with the prescribed patching regimen. Younger children, especially those under the age of seven, tend to respond more favorably to treatment due to the greater neuroplasticity of the visual system.

Disadvantages of Eye Patches

  • 1. Visual Limitation: While patching restores the connection between the brain and weak eye, it does not teach both eyes how to work together. Occlusion therapy temporarily restricts vision in the covered eye. This limitation may affect depth perception, peripheral vision, and overall visual awareness, particularly during activities that require binocular vision. Therefore, we need to incorporate binocular vision training approaches, like AmblyoPlay, to facilitate eye-teaming. Learn more about AmblyoPlay in the video!

  • 2. Social stigma: Wearing an eye patch may lead to social stigma or self-consciousness, particularly among children or adolescents. Some individuals may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about wearing an eye patch in public settings, impacting their confidence and self-esteem.

    3. Compliance challenges: Adhering to a consistent patching schedule can be challenging, especially for children or individuals with busy lifestyles. Maintaining compliance with prescribed patching regimens may require motivation, discipline, and parental supervision to ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes.
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Why Choose AmblyoPlay Eye Patches?

Fun designs

Let’s make patching more fun with great and beautiful designs, bringing your favorite AmblyoPlay characters to the eye patch!

Super comfortable & breathable

Let’s make patching more fun with great and beautiful designs, bringing your favorite AmblyoPlay characters to the eye patch!

Premium quality

Our patches are made from non-woven cotton and are latex free. They are a great choice for sensitive skin and are hypoallergenic.

Gentle adhesive

Our ultra-gentle, safe and effective adhesive ensures that no sticky residue is left once you remove the patch.

50 patches and universal size

Good for patients of all sizes. The dimensions of the patch are: 83mm X 60mm // 3.26″ X 2.36″

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Why Do We Suggest a Minimum Time of 6 Months for Success?

Based on the data from over 15,000 patients using AmblyoPlay, improvements start within 4 months, while optimal results take anywhere between 6-18 months on average. The duration of required training depends on the patient’s age, the severity of the problem, accompanying diseases, and adherence to the training program.