Welcome to our patch challenge- WEEK 7. My daughter is 3 and has Amblyiopia. We are currently trying to help her brain recognize her right eye. She has -1.5 in her left eye and -8.5 in her right. We have stepped up the patching since her vision has actually decreased the last 2 visits. For the first year of patching we were using only Ortopad patches and had some resistance in keeping them on. Elly would fold them, cut them, flush them, eat them, anything and everything so that we could not re-stick them back on.
This week we tried Ortopad patches again.
Cost: Price: $14.80 per box 50 individually wrapped patches per box plus shipping
Ratings given 1-5 for the following criteria.
1 Doesn’t meet my expectations, 5 Exceeds my expectations
Cuteness Factor 4
Full Eye Occlusion 5
Performs with sweat 2
Patching Support 5
Total patching hours for the week, maybe 5 minutes.
There was NO way Elly was going to keep these on. Before we found the reusable Framehugger patches, she would keep these on around 45 minutes at a time, up to 2 hours if she was very distracted.
Elly’s response: Can I take it off now? I like it much better on my glasses like this…
Mom’s response; When we first started patching, I was given a sample packet of the Ortopad patches and a recommendation from the Opthamologist that these are the best at blocking vision. I will have to agree that they are light- weight and fully block the child’s vision in that eye. She did not have any skin sensitivity and only got a little pink irritation around her eye a couple times from ripping the patch off so quickly. I personally, was not a big fan of the color choices and liked the MYI Patches options better. We also had tons of problems with keeping them on for the required time. As stated before Elly did everything imaginable to make sure the patch was not re-usable after she removed it. The second we turned our heads, the patch would be off and they are not made to be re-used. The cost of patching was atrocious. My husband and I took turns wearing these patches and it was hard. They got itchy and sweaty and we wanted to take them off right away.
Additionally, our family and another patching family in town, have found it very difficult to keep the patch on in hot and humid weather. As soon as the kids sweat, the patch slides off. This limits the patching time to when you are inside and not being active.
Don’t get me wrong, there are quite a few great things about these patches and I would highly recommend you to try them, especially if you are just starting out or do not have to patch for a long time. They do have some great patching support. We really enjoyed the patching princess poster as a way to keep track and celebrate our patching time and as I was visiting their website today, I noticed that they offer stuffed animal patching pals as well. Additionally, they are one of the few places that offer patches small enough for infants and small toddlers.
If you have not tried out Ortopad yet and would like to, send me an e-mail. I have a box of Girls Medium patches that I can split up and send to some families that are interested. They are sitting in my pantry and I would rather see them be used! firstname.lastname@example.org