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We were told to patch for 2 hours a day. I do not get them in. The main reason being a lot of parents have told me they did it and they still ended up needing the surgery. She has been through so much that I do not want to aggrevate her unnecessarily.
Yes, at this point we have tried just about everything. We have tried movies in general, special patching movie, certain activities, money, toys, bribes. When she had her strabismus surgery they told us to wean her off tv so that she could only watch tv when she patched. We did that, but she just decided she didnt care if she watched tv. Its like she has no currency...lol. Nothing is that exciting that she would wear a patch. We have enrolled her in preschool that goes 2 half days a week and they have agreed to let us patch her while she is there. Sean is extremely against this b/c he thinks she will get made fun of. But im gonna buy her some more printed patches. And Im gonna try my hand at making a cover for the pirate kind you see at Walmart..lol. I think she will patch there b/c she loves school. So if I get 3 hrs in on those days Im already doing better than I am now..lol
I really think it depends alot on the kids temperament, lol. Nathan's a pretty easy going kid most of the time with a long attention span.We first started patching Nate's left eye last June, we did 2 hours a day, then 3 hours a day, then 6 hours a day, now we are back at 3 hours a day. We go in for check ups every 5 weeks right now with it. At first I just put the sticky patches on and literally followed him around the house whever he went. then I brought all of his toys into the living room and closed off the rest of the house! All bedrooms were closed so i could keep him in a confined space. We even put him in his high chair with a whole tub of whipped cream and some oreo cookies before just to ge thim to sit there, he played with it all more than he ate! Are you using the adhesive patches?
yes we are using adhesive patches. But when I was at the eye dr last I saw they had a pirats patch that they bought at walmart and then put a spongebob applique over it. Im thinking of trying to make one of those.
We use one from the patch pals site, it cost 10$ i think and 3$ for shipping, so 13$ total. Nathan likes it and I don't have to worry about the adhesive irritating his skin now....
Have you looked at ones on the internet? I can post some links if you like?
We are currently patching our five year old for stabismus. We bought it from framehuggers.com
It's an awesome site. You send them the meausrements of the glasses and they make a custom fitted patch for the glasses. It's wonderful b/c there is no stickyness on her eye. It used to kill her everytime we removed it from her eye.
Tips we are using:
letting her know that she can have a break every so often from wearing it. I let her about once every two hours for a few minutes.