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Five motivational tips for relaxed and carefree eye patch therapy
Children wear an eye patch when the vision of one eye is significantly worse than that of the other. Unlike with nearsightedness or farsightedness, the eyes do not work properly together. Often the little patients also have problems with three-dimensional vision. The cause of this functional visual impairment is an early childhood developmental disorder of the visual system, which can arise, for example, from strabismus.
For eye patch therapy to be successful, it is very important that the patches are worn regularly. But especially at the beginning, some children find it difficult to accept the plastering. This can have the following reasons: Since the better seeing eye is masked in the eye patch therapy, the child initially experiences severe visual impairment after the patch has been applied. This gradually improves over the course of the therapy. The impairment and the wearing comfort are completely new and unfamiliar to the child. In addition, some children are simply afraid of putting a patch on and taking it off.
Many families tell us via Facebook and Instagram how they are lovingly and child-friendly integrating our eye patches into everyday life. That is why we have put together five tips for you, with the help of which you can motivate your child to accept the eye patch therapy and let the patch stick to the eye:
- Explain the therapy in a child-friendly manner
- Establish fixed rituals
- Create a pleasant framework
- Empower the child positively
- Actively involve the child
1. Explain the therapy in a child-friendly manner
Depending on the age of your child, you can explain the therapy and the poor eyesight in child-friendly language and with appropriate pictures. The ORTOPAD®-Customer Britta E. gave her son the occlusion therapy z. B. explained as follows:
“Your one eye has to do all the work alone all the time. Now it can take a break under the eye patch. The other eye is a really lazy sock and just rests. Now the lazy eye has to train too. At some point, when the lazy eye has trained enough, both eyes are equally strong. "
2. Establish fixed rituals
Rituals create familiarity and help to anchor new actions in children's everyday lives. It is best to use the same method each day to choose the patch and stick it on. You can also remove the eye patch every day in the same way. Make this process loving and playful. Bettina P., another ORTOPAD®-Customer, does it like this, for example:
“We accompany the removal of the plaster with speech or singing and are then loud and happy when the eye is back. We also look at our reflection in the mirror enthusiastically with plaster and then without the plaster, so that our mouse not only feels that something is changing in its face, but that it can also consciously see and observe it. "
Please keep in mind that it can take a few days for your child to take a new ritual for granted.
3. Create a pleasant framework
Provides a stress-free and calm atmosphere when sticking and removing the patch. Combine the time your child is taping an eye with a nice activity or with a lot of care. Perhaps your child will be happy to receive coloring pages. On our website you will find lots of free practice materials that are fun and train your vision at the same time.
During this time you can also look at picture books together or play with building blocks. In this way, your child will associate positive feelings with the therapy.
4. Empower the child positively
If your child feels safe using the eye patch and accepts the patch, they deserve praise, of course. Tell your child how great it is and that you are proud. Don't hesitate to praise in front of other people. In addition, reward systems such as B. a weekly schedule for stamping or a small gift after a certain number of plasters worn, provide an enormous boost in motivation.
5. Actively involve the child
Include your child in various actions and decisions. In this way you make him feel that he is not completely controlled by others. They are sure to be happy when they can choose the plaster themselves. With smaller children it may help to make a preselection beforehand so as not to overwhelm them.
Older children usually find it motivating when they are allowed to remove their eye patches themselves and have the opportunity to remove the patches they have worn, e.g. B. to stick on a motivational poster or stamp the sticking times on a weekly schedule. Every day they see what they have already achieved and can look forward to their progress with you.
We wish you a carefree and successful eye patch therapy.
By the way: Our ORTOPAD®-Motivational articles bring a lot of fun to eye patch therapy and can be requested free of charge.
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