My child has a "lazy eye" (Amblyopia). Is an eye patch really needed? PART 1

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Maybe you stumbled on this post because you are an adult living with amblyopia.


Or maybe you have a child who was recently diagnosed with the condition.


You may have been told that your child needs to wear an eye patch, using one of the following protocols:

  • All day

  • 6 hours per day

  • 2-4 hours per day

In any case, you might think to yourself,


"This sounds a little extreme. Forcing a child to wear a patch to cover up the eye he/she can see through normally ?


How does a child function?


There must be some other way."


If you've had those thoughts, you may be on to something!


What is Amblyopia?

vision therapy at Optometry office in Bellingham wa
Child performing 3D vision therapy activity used for Amblyopia


First, let's