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 Patch Pals
PO Box 26
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Phone and Fax: 319-393-2620
Cost: Patches range from $7-$10, Patch Club is $25 (T-shirt and more) Puppy and Patch $30
Ratings given 1-5 for the following criteria.
1 Doesn’t meet my expectations, 5 Exceeds my expectations
Cuteness Factor 5+
Full Eye Occlusion 5*
Performs with sweat 3
Patching Support 5
* I cut a slit in the very end so that the temples could thread through the patch because the eye patch was slipping inside her glasses and rubbing her eyes and allowing her to see around the patch. After I did this, we had no problems at all.
Total patching hours for the week (Goal 14), Actual = 14 hours
Elly’s response: “Oooohhh the doggie has a patch too!”
I am very impressed with this company’s “total package.” They really are about making the patching experience easier for kids. Elly was in love with the patch pal doggie and carried her around all week. He is the softest, cutest little doggie. We only let her have him when it was patch time. She really wanted the dog, so she kept the patch on. One day she took the patch off and we put the patch and doggie away. She cried by the door and begged to have the patch on again. I really can’t argue with that! She wasn’t as into the patch club t-shirt and other goodies. I think she is really too young to get it, but I thought they were neat!
As for the patch, I think we made our patching goals based on the cuteness of the patch and the puppy, because Elly didn’t really like the way the patch felt on her face. It was made out of felt and had a thin liner, but was still a little scratchy for my texture oriented girl. She seemed to get used to it as time wore on. On the flip side, I was impressed because for the first time she actually requested me to put the patch on when we went to a play date with friends. She wanted to show them her puppy patch. Thankfully all my mom friends played along and oogled over how cute it was.