The Eye Patch Project
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.