OCTOBER 11, 2012
Patch It Up
Does your son or daughter have a lazy eye? Amblyopia forms when the brain switches off or suppresses vision in one eye. This may occur if your child isn't able to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that's limiting clear sight in that eye. In most cases, eye patches are the central and most productive part of treating lazy eyes. We generally tell our patients to have their patch on for a couple of hours a day, and patients will usually also require corrective glasses. So how does patching actually work? Well, for the most part, employing the use of a patch encourages your brain to better communicate with the weaker eye, and over time, strengthen it.
It can be frustratingly challenging to have your child fitted with a patch, and no less when they're quite young. When their good eye is covered, it makes it harder for your child to see. It's a confusing paradox- your child is required to cover their strong eye to help their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is patched, thus restricting their vision. But don't worry; there are quite a few tricks to encourage your child to wear their patch. Implementing a reward chart with stickers given when the patch is worn can be great for some kids. Eye patch manufacturers are aware of your plight; patches are available in loads of patterns and colors that kids will love. Let your child be a part of the process and make it an activity by giving them the opportunity to select a new and fun patch each day and then putting a sticker on the chart when the patch stays on. Older kids can usually comprehend the process, so it's useful to have a talk about it.
A successful result is dependent on you to stay focused on the long term goal.
Contact Lens and Vision Woodbridge is the only New Jersey optometry office that offers RHA preventive Retinal Eye Image
The RHA is a non-invasive camera that uses multi-wavelength technology to image the innermost layers of the eye. Using multi-spectral imaging (wavelengths), the RHA eye camera enables our Woodbridge eye doctors to assess your eye and general vascular medical health. The camera gives our doctors high resolution photographs of up to eight eye and retinal layers.
The RHA Report software gives patient friendly reports that show the earliest possible eye problems. As with most chronic disease, an early diagnosis can lead to lifestyle strategies that may help prevent catastrophic blindness.
Why RHA Report?
The RHA camera allows our eye doctors to understand not only problems of the eye, but in many cases, the status of the patient’s general health. The RHA multiple eye images give multiple views of our patient’s blood vessel health; this is why the eye is often referred to the window to a person’s health.
Viewing the retina is a way eye doctors can see your blood vessels and the health of you vascular system without having to perform invasive surgery. Many times the optometrist is the first to diagnose diabetes, hypertension and risk for stroke, using RHA can help find these conditions much sooner. The RHA image can also help diagnose the following common eye diseases sooner; macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. In general the earlier a disease is diagnosed the better the prognosis.
The instrument helps our physicians understand your eye health by providing enhanced and highlighted views of your eye. This test gives valuable information to our doctors allowing the most comprehensive complete eye exam. It also helps the doctor with the final eye assessment and counsel.
The test is safe, quick and will give a permanent record. Comparing photograph from year to year is another benefit because it also allows for early diagnosis and prevention.
Feel free take make an appointment for RHA eye scan as part of your comprehensive medical eye examination. Contact CLV at 732-855-7950.