Does your child have to wear an eye patch?

Jessi - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 4 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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Bethany - posted on 05/10/2009

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My seven year old son is patched right now. I use Master-Aid, Ortopad patches. They have fun designs like; camoflouge, moons and starts, footballs, those kind of things. It made it so my son was excited to show people the design he was wearing that day and he really got over being self-conscience (I don't think I spelled that right). Good luck! Oh, I buy the patches online. They're a little bit more, about $22.00 for a box of 50, but it's been worth it for me.

Stacy - posted on 05/09/2009

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when I was little I had glasses that had 1 side frosted and if i didn't wear them i would have to wear apatch. My older brothers made fun of me constently, calling me a piarte. It sucked at the time but know it's funny and I laugh about it. I don't even need to wear glasses at all anymore. Good Luck! Just remind him that it could be worse and his friends probably think it's cool that he has a patch.

Dana - posted on 05/07/2009

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Throw him a pirate party! Celebrate it and make it fun! :) Make sure everyone wears a patch, so they're like him. Read lots of pirate books. Talk like pirates while wearing the patch.



My son wears a patch for 30 mins a day for strabismus. At first we had to convince him to wear the patch. We would wear them with him. We put them on his stuffed animals. We read lots of pirate books and did special things while he had to wear the patch. He was really into Bob the Builder, so we would let him watch a Bob video while wearing the patch. Find something your son really likes to do, and use it as a way to encourage him to wear his patch. If he feels self conscious in public maybe you wear a patch with him, so he's not alone.



I hope these suggestions help you out, good luck!

Krystal - posted on 05/06/2009

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my son had to wear an eye patch. At first it was one eye each day for 3 hours. that was for about 3 months. then it was left eye for 4 hours one day, right eye for 4 hours next, and repeat. people would ask 'what's wrong? what happened to his eye?' i would normally just say 'he's fine! he does a great job wearing it.' and try to change the subject. i think the fact that i didn't make a big deal out of it helped a lot. i guess just try explaining that people are curious. they don't mean any harm.

i think it's great that you're looking to start a program! i started notice little kids wearing patches so much more often when my son had to start wearing his.

good luck!

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