Does your child have to wear an eye patch?

Jessi - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am trying to find either a summer program for children who have to wear an eye patch that involves fun safe activities that they can feel comfortable wearing the patch with each other or find children that wear one to start a summer program myself. My son feels like he is different and doesn't want anyone to see him with the patch on. I was thinking that if I could get him around other kids that also have to wear a patch to strengthen their eye then he wouldn't feel so different. Any ideas, suggestions or comments?

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Sandra - posted on 05/04/2009

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Hi Jessi

My son's best friend had to wear a patch for a while after surgery while his eye was healing then he went to sunglasses so my son would wear sunglasses with him to help so the children wouldn't make fun of him. Because sunglasses are cool. I know it's not the same thing. But is there anyway you could give some of the kids patches in the programs he goes into and they can all be pirates which pirates are cool. This way you can explain to the children he is wearing it to help heal his eye and show the children that when one eye is cover your sight is different. The children will think this is a cool idea.

I always Google everything see if there are some programs in the area you live. Or find activities that are good for children with patches.

Where I live we have nothing for children that have special needs. All the children go together and someone would help the children that need help. None of the children make fun of any of the children that need help and the children always want to help.

It would be great if you could start a program for your son then you know his limits and plan activities around that. I know this little boy tries everything once he can almost do everything other kids do. It more reading problem right now so for this little guy I would limit games with reading unless it big writing. Not sure if any of this is going to help it just an idea.

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Angela - posted on 05/16/2009

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just stick with it, find something that works. i was supposed to wear one when i was 7 yrs old, but my mom didn't stick with it. i got made fun of and my mom didn't want to deal with it, she just threw it away. years later, i had major trouble seeing. i finally went to see the eye doc and found out i was almost completely blind in that weak eye. he told me if i had let it go a couple more years, i would've gone completely blind. this was when i was just 22 yrs old! i wish now that my mom had put her foot down, i know that i won't give up if my kids end up with the same problem. i know it's hard to explain that to a child, but at least he's a boy, you can let him tell everyone he's a pirate. maybe that'll help, just stick with it, for his future eyesight, it is worth the fight!

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My daughter had to wear one to strengthen her weak eye. We had her wear it when she was at home and then not when she was out. Depending on how many hours a day he needs it this might work. Most kids were fine with seeing her with it, it was actually the adults who would ask her questions.
I;m not sure what the answer is for you. Sorry.

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