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How to use my eye patch

Why do I have to wear a patch?

You have one eye that can see really well, but the other cannot see very well.

Image showing blurred notepad on the left and focussed notepad on the right

We would like you to wear your patch every day to help your eye get better.

Images showing glasses and an assortment of eye patches in different colours and patterns

The eye under the eye patch has a rest and your other eye has to work harder.

Here’s how to put on the fabric patch

Four images showing the arms of glasses being inserted into loops of the eye patch and fixing it behind one lens

How do I wear my patch?

If you have a sticky patch it needs to stick on your face underneath your glasses (if you have them).

Two images showing child wearing the patch on right and left eye

The fabric patch needs to slide on the inside of your glasses.

Remember it is really important not to peep around your eye patch.

You will come back to the hospital and play the eye games so we can see if your eyes are getting better.

When your eyes get better you will not have to wear the patch anymore.

Sometimes wearing a patch can be tricky

This is because it makes it harder to see. Try some of these ideas to make it easier:

  • Get your teddies to wear patches too
  • Fill in a star chart and get a special treat when you have been good with your patch
  • Do some colouring
  • Wear it at school when you are busy
  • Wear it first thing in the morning so it is out of the way
  • Make something when you wear your patch

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: EYE63

Resource Type: Article

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