Your pediatric ophthalmologist can give you instructions on how to treat amblyopia, but it is up to you and your child to carry out this treatment. Children do not like to have their eyes patched, especially if they have been depending on the better seeing eye to “do all the work”. As a parent, you must convince your child to do what is best for him or her. Near vision activities such as small screen electronic games (not movies), puzzles, dot to dot and other crafts often entice young minds. Like immunizations, the experience may initially be unpleasant for your child, but you know that it is in his or her best interest and involvement, as well as your ability to gain your child’s cooperation. Parents play an extremely important role in determining whether their child’s amblyopia will be effectively treated, and how the child will see for the rest of his or her life.