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« on: August 14, 2010 01:20:54 PM »

My son requested that I post this project for a children's eye patch that fits over his glasses. Recently we learned that our five year old would need to wear an eye patch to treat amplyopia in his right eye. In addition to the eye patch he also has to wear glasses and the doctor told us about patches that fit over the glasses, but after calling around locally I quickly realized that I would have to order one online. Since school is coming up I decided I wanted to start the therapy with the eyepatch ASAP I decided to make one loosely based on a tutorial, which can be found here http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2008/02/eye-patch-tutorial.html

The eye patch has a sleeve to to slide the lense into. (This is his serious face a.k.a. deer in headlights)

I made essentially a buttonhole to put the nose pad through to secure the patch.

There is a curve to this patch so it lies flush against the skin and prevent light from penetrating the eyepatch

I know the pics are not the best because they were taken with a camera phone.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010 02:24:30 PM »

Well done! He looks adorably frozen in the pics. My Hubs had to wear an eyepatch as a child, he is very jealous his was standard issue white.
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 03:55:14 PM »

Great idea!  Heck, I would have just wanted to wear that with my glasses for fun.  Hope school goes well for your son.  I think his classmates will be pretty jealous.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010 06:33:09 PM »

Tell your son that the people at Craftster think he makes one handsome boy with those great glasses, and a cool pirate with the patch!

For you mom, I give you credit...my brother needed a patch and glasses, and my mom never made him wear it, and he looks terrible today (to say nothing about his sight), and as a preschool teacher I see way too many parents give in when their child puts up a fit about the glasses and/or a patch.

You came up with a great solution!  Kudos to you and good luck to your son!

« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010 03:37:20 AM »

Wish I'd thought of something awesome like that when my daughters eye needed to be patched a few years ago!
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2010 04:57:00 AM »

How is the patching going? I have a 5 year old daughter who we are working with, but for the life of me I cannot get her to wear a patch.

I do love the pirate patch, very cute!  Ours have flowers and hearts, go figure!

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2010 09:07:58 PM »

That's so cool, I gotta make one for myself for my Halloween costume! I am being a pirate but I can't go without glasses (no more contacts cuz they almost made me go blind 4 years ago).  I hope the therapy goes well, my niece's parents were told it might help but not necessarily and to try using 15 min every 3 days, well it was so inconsistent it never happened (the tape patches hurt her and they weren't offered anything like this, wish I'd seen this back then, she would have loved a girly version.)

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2010 08:51:12 PM »

Lindsay517, patching is actually going great. Thankfully my son surprised us and does not even fight patching or wearing glasses. He only has to patch two days a week for four hours each day so that is good. The only problem is he has horrible depth perception with the patch and runs into stuff.

It was nice hearing everyones patch related stories. Its nice to know that as a parent I am not alone. When I first found out about Jude's eye problems my heart broke a bit, but knowing other people faced the same disadvantages gives me a much needed boost.

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