The Eye Patch Project
Friday, December 28 2018
Thank you Patch Pals! My son has been patching for the last 3 years. We have always used an adhesive patch but recently my son expressed that the adhesive was bothering him, he was also sick of the same old patterns. So we decided to give fabric patching a try especially since he is up to 4 hours a day right now. He loves his Rainbow Dash pocket patch, he says it is so soft and comfy. He likes it so much that last night I ordered 3 more pocket patches to give him variety!
- Charity W.
Friday, December 07 2018
Hello! I wanted to send in a picture of my daughter wearing one of your patches. I received this one pictured through a registry for our state for lazy eye; and I have to say these are by far the best cloth patches that fit on the glasses. We have another patch coming in the mail that I purchased, as the adhesive patches won't work for our daughter - it's a sensory thing. While patching has been a rough transition for us the patches are great, not only do they provide great coverage over the eye (completely covering) they are a great alternative to the adhesive being able to be hand washed and reused - eco friendly and less waste, but also my daughter will tolerate them better than the adhesive eye patches! Thank you!
Monday, January 22 2018
We love seeing our little Patch Pals excited about receiving their new eye patch. This one is adorable!! We work really hard at trying to make eye patching fun for little kids. Eye patching is hard and needs to be presented as something positive and good. Watching this video of a precious little girl opening her package is priceless.
Wednesday, January 17 2018
In May 2017, we were contacted by a lovely doctor named Natalie Weil from the Emory Eye Center. She told us back then that she was going with a group of doctors to Jordan to give eye care to Syrian refugee children. Jordan has some of the largest refugee camps in the world and many of the children are without regular eye care. Her goal during this trip was to set up a screening program that could be used in this camp and hopefully other camps throughout the area. She asked if we could help the group by donating eye patches so the children in Syria could benefit by having a sustainable method/tool for amblyopia. We told her that we would love to help out and we donated a variety of Patch Pals Eye Patches. She recently updated us with photos of some of the kids from Syria. We are very proud of Natalie and her group of doctors. We wish them great success with improving the vision of these sweet young children.
The organization she traveled with is called the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). SAMS is on the front lines of crisis relief for Syria. They work hard to alleviate suffering, save lives, and rebuild healthcare. For more information about the project, or if you are interested in donating or volunteering, here is a link to their website https://www.sams-usa.net .
Sunday, January 14 2018
Friday, January 12 2018
Eye patching is hard. When a little one first puts an eye patch on they can't see very well. It's frustrating and likely they are going to fight patching. We have found offering choices to empower the young eye patcher is a good motivator. Our Diva Decorations let the child decorate their own eye patch. They can select the style and color of eye patch. When the eye patch is delivered they receive stickers and jewels to use to customize their eye patch. This can excite the eye patcher and create a sense pride for them. It's important to keep the eye patcher involved in the whole process.
Tuesday, April 05 2016
When my daughter Mackenzie started eye patching 20 years ago, there were not many books available that I could borrow or buy that were geared toward wearing eye glasses or wearing an eye patch. Sure there might have been characters in a book that wore eye glasses but rarely was a book found that centered around the struggles of eye patching. Fortunately things have changed. Over the years many wonderful parents have written books about eye patching. They have created beautiful stories with adorable characters working through the task of adjusting to wearing an eye patch. These wonderful stories are great motivation for young children and their families who are challenged with the disruption of being told they need to wear an eye patch. Eye patching is difficult and we are thrilled that there are now books that a parent can buy or borrow and sit down and read it to their child. Check out our "Books" page for a list of books about eye patching or wearing eye glasses. http://patchpals.com/books
Thursday, December 31 2015
The year 2015 is almost over, 2016 begins tonight. The beauty of a new year, is we all get a chance to start over. A chance to organize our lives and reboot. A chance to exercise more, eat healthy, and be kinder to those around us. If you have a child that wears an eye patch, now is the time to make new goals with their eye patching therapy. Throw out that old ratty eye patch and order a new eye patch that will excite your child and keep them motived. Sit down with your child and download a new incentive calendar http://patchpals.com/calendar , decide which rewards will be given when they do a good job. If your child is too young to understand, make a resolution for yourself to make eye patching a priority. Eye patching works when you are committed to it, just like exercising, eating healthy, and being kind. Think how gratifying December 31, 2016 will be when you can look at your child knowing that you helped improve their vision. Now that's an excellent New Year's resolution and a precious lifelong gift.