Welcome to our patch challenge- WEEK 1. 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.
I recently e-mailed all the companies that made patches for little kids that I could find and asked them if they wanted to participate in my patch study. Since Elly refuses to keep a patch on and has fought “patching time” for over a year, I am now on the quest for a PERFECT PATCH!
Most of the company’s that sell kids patches are family stores created because someone special in their life has Amblyiopia. Every company that I have written to or spoken with on the phone has been absolutely delightful to work with and genuinely care about kids with vision issues. No matter which patch works best for us, I would highly recommend all of them for their level for their customer service!
This week we tried the MYI patches from
The Fresnel Prism and Lens Co. 6824 Washington Ave S. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA 800-544-4760 toll free 952-496-0432 phone 952-403-7900 fax
Cost: $15.00 per pack of 51 patches – you choose 3 designs per pack.Shipping in US by Priority Mail – 2-3 days for delivery – $6.75 for shipping 1-6 packs of patches
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 4 *
Patching Support 3
*Elly was running at the park and it was 80 degrees. She was working up a sweat, but the patch stayed on for 90 minutes.
Total patching hours for the week (Goal 14), Actual = 13 hours
Elly’s response: “Ooooohhhhh, bright colors!”
“They sent 10 patches of regular size and 10 of the smaller size. I laughed because Elly went through more than 100 patches in a week of a different brand of “peel and stick” patches. We made it through, but used all 20. =) (Once undone, they don’t re-stick.) I think it was because the designs were really bright and cute and she LOVED picking out which one she wanted to wear. If you are using another brand of stick-on patches, I would highly recommend you try these to add some cute patching choices. It may help motivate your child to keep the patch on longer. I know it helped mine! The inside of the patch is black and I know it did a really good job of occluding her vision, because there were many times during the week she would cry to take the patch off because she couldn’t see. There was only one time that her skin became irritated and red after removing the patch – maybe she pulled it off too quick? I also really liked the smaller junior size with Elly because the glasses seemed to sit better on her face and bothered her less. I just wish they were not so much $$$ or that our insurance would cover it. The way we go through them, it would cost us around $30 per month at $360 per year for patches.