Eye Need To Know: What Is The Best Eye Patch For Children


Earlier this month, I answered the question, “What is lazy eye?” where we learned that a standard treatment for lazy eye is patching the unaffected eye.  I always felt sorry for a parent when the doctor prescribed patching as this meant that they would have a fight on their hands with the child.  Even the best behaved children can make patching a nightmare.  And, who could blame them?  Patching the eye with the better vision not only decreases the child’s ability to see, but adhesive patches can be very uncomfortable and irritate the skin.

I was delighted to find Amblyopia Kids: An Adventure in Amblyopia www.amblyopiakids.com.

This website was started by a mother who has both a child with autism and a child with amblyopia.  She describes the site as “Dedicated to creating awareness about amblyopia (lazy eye) in children”. This website has Eye Patch Reviews, Amblyopia information, Amblyopia Stories, Parent Resources & Fun Activities for Kids”.

I had no idea of the different types of eye patches available, including the Krafty Eye Patch (my favorite) and enjoyed seeing pictures of the children smiling in their patches and reading the eye patch reviews.  http://www.amblyopiakids.com/p/eye-patch-reviews.html

This would be a wonderful resource for your patching patients and their parents.  I hope you share it!

Something you need to know?  Ask RebeccaSubmitted by guest blogger, Rebecca Johnson, Founder of EyeTrain4You, an ophthalmic staff training and development company.  Contact her at Rebecca@EyeTrain4You.com

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  1. Nice article. We went through the battles of patching for years. My son’s patches would always be falling off and we would go through a box of those sticky patches in less than a month. We then tried the cloth patches and the doctor only stocked a patch pal which ended up being worse than the sticky patches. It didn’t even stay on the frame and shifted all over the place. I’m not even certain how they ever occlude or help in any way. My last attempt was with Framehuggers. This is by far the best patch I’ve ever seen. It velcros on the frame so it doesn’t move and it blocks from the side as well as the top and bottom. it was perfect for us. We got a navy blue as well so it blocked the light extremely well. I don’t know where we would be today if it wasn’t for Framehuggers eye patches. I’m convinced Camille saved my son’s vision! You can buy her eye patches as well as head straps at http://www.framehuggers.com . Hope this can help someone else as it did me and my family!

    By the way .. Mary Tara at Amblyopia Kids is incredible with her reviews and has an amazing abundance of information about eye patches. check out her site! She is a Framehuggers fan too! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing – anyone who doesn’t know about Amblyopia Kids needs to be pointed in its direction!

    Personally, I think it’s important to try a few as every kid is different. My son used the Kraft patches for a while, now he uses the silicone patch from http://www.drpatch.ca – it’s a little more expensive but since he likes to wear it I’m happy with it!

    PS: Something is wrong with that second link…

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