Eye Patching Resources
Eye patches can be found in most pharmacies, and they are available in two different sizes: Regular and Junior. Each brand’s adhesive can be slightly different, so if your child experiences skin sensitivity try a different brand. The three most common brands of eye patches are NexCare, Coverlet, and Ortopad. After removing the patch if you notice skin irritation, apply a thin layer of calamine lotion or Milk of Magnesia and let it dry completely before applying the patch. This barrier will protect the skin from breakdown from patch adhesives.
Patches are available that slide onto glasses. It is critically important that the patch completely covers the eye, because therapy will be ineffective if your child can look past the patch. If ordering online you will need to know which eye you will be patching and what size patch you will need. Check out these sources for examples and more information: PatchPals; Ortopad USA; and Patchworks.
Eye patching is usually not something children are excited about. Providing positive incentives and helping your child feel comfortable around others in their patch is critical to success. Below are a couple of resources which can help make eye patching fun and assist in the treatment’s success.