Welcome to our patch challenge- WEEK 2. My daughter is 2 ½ and has Amblyiopia. We are currently trying to help her brain recognize her right eye. She has perfect vision in her left eye and -7.75 in her right. The patching only and Atrophine only solution is not working, so our PO has recommended a combination of patching and drops. She has struggled with patching in the past and so…. We are on a quest for a PERFECT PATCH!
This week we tried Anissa’s Fun Patches
P.O. Box 455 Chuckey, TN 37641
Cost: 1 for $5.25, 3 for $18.00, or 4 for $20.00 with $2.00 shipping and handling
Ratings given 1-5 for the following criteria.
1 Doesn’t meet my expectations, 5 Exceeds my expectations
Cuteness Factor 5
Full Eye Occlusion 4
Performs with sweat 5
Patching Support 5
*We wore the patch the first day for 1 ½ hours with no complaints. I turned my head for a second and she ripped the patch off the glasses. We used a little electrical tape to fix it and after moms stern warning, she let me take the patch off for the rest of the week.
Total patching hours for the week (Goal 14), Actual = 12 hours
Elly’s response: “I want to see a picture of Anissa!”
Mom’s response: This patch is SO cool. It is made out of foam that is stiff, but still flexible. Some people come up with the most creative things!!! Elly wore it very easily because it did not irritate her skin at all and I think she actually forgot it was on a couple times. We would have made our patching goal for the week, but the patch was lost for a day (Whoops – found it in the laundry) I was worried that she would be able to peek around it, but when the patch is worn like the directions say, “Adjust position on ear piece so that the patch fits against the face eliminating the ability to see around the patch.” There was only one time when I think she looked under it. I also like the patching support they offer. On the website, there is a Photo Gallery of kids wearing the patch and we showed the pictures to Elly during patch time and talked about how other kids patch to make their eyes stronger too. They also have a cute little activity book with coloring pages of animals patching, some activities, and a reward chart with stickers. We only let Elly color in the book when she was patching and found it helpful to have something new and rewarding to do. If you are patching any amount of time, I strongly recommend having at least one of these patches around for the hot summer days. They are comfortable, reusable, and very budget friendly.