Blog posts by Matthew C. Weed, MD
Simply put, no it does not. This is a common misconception. Patching doesn't help straighten the eyes; it's done to help the non-patched eye develop better vision, but it almost never also results in better eye alignment.
People with strabismus—the medical term for eye misalignment—whether they have an eye that turns in (esotropia) or wanders out (exotropia), or an eye that goes up (hypertropia), don't have to just "live with it." In almost all cases, they can be treated successfully. The most common treatment options are eye muscle surgery and eye glasses.