I noticed my 5-year-old daughter’s eye (Savvy is her name) starting to float off to the side. I thought she might be getting a lazy eye, so I took her in to see her pediatrician for an eye exam.
He was surprised to see a black dot in her eye and rushed us to Children’s Specialists of San Diego. They diagnosed her with a congenital cataract that required immediate surgery.
Our wonderful surgeon Dr. O’Halloran explained to us before doing her lens implant how great her new lens was. It was up to us to patch her strong eye for the brain to use her new lens and get her vision back in her eye. She also had a pretty severe case of Amblyopia for the eye had this cataract since she was born. It had been up in the upper right quadrant and had just gone undetected.
The surgery was a success, and now the patching had to begin. We could not find a patch that worked for Savvy. I remember one day, while we were on vacation, I went into a local pharmacy looking for patches. All I could find were brown bandage type eye patches.
My husband & I knew we had to do something for her.
It just so happens, my husband and I have owned and operated a fashion accessory company for 20 years. We called all our manufactures and started designing and creating Savvy’s very first eye patch kit.
Savvy has sensitive skin. Many of the patches caused her to rash and were real itchy. The patches with the big cotton piece over the eye bugged her eyelashes. For most patches, the adhesive was so aggressive that it ripped her skin & pulled out her eyebrows when we removed her patch.
Our eye patch manufacturer makes our patches latex-free, hypoallergenic, non-toxic ink, mono stretch breathable fabric, and a great blackout layer that is so thin it never touches or bugs the eyelashes. The adhesive is time-released, so it stays in place, but it doesn’t rip skin or pull out eyebrows when removed. You can reuse these patches. We decided to have them made in every color of the rainbow.
We then made her a fun carrying case and filled it with eye patches and all the fun stuff.
Her dad and I gave it to her and told her it was her very own eye patch kit.
Now every morning, Savvy was making a new creative eye patch for matching her outfits. She was no longer embarrassed to wear her eye patches and was quite proud of them. Everywhere we went, people were complimenting her patch. She felt really good about herself.
Compliance was no longer an issue.
We realized that if Compliance was no longer an issue in our home. Just how many other families could use our help.
Each kit has an instruction booklet that helps you use your kits to promote great patch compliance.
Please let us know what your kids thought of their kit and what new things you would like to see in a kit.