Tuesday, April 28, 2009

School patching issues

My daughter has a health plan for school which includes patching goals. It also details clearly when she should and should not be patching. For safety reasons it states that she is not to wear a patch when they are outside on the playground. Also, she has prescription sunglasses that I would like her to wear outdoors because she has a hard time when it is very bright out.

Today I got to the pre-k early because I was out running errands and didn't go home in between. While I was outside on the sidewalk talking to another mom I saw that the kids were outside on the playground. I observed my daughter outside wearing her glasses and patch - no sunglasses. I made a note to ask the teacher about it. When the kids came outside for the line-up to go home she had her sunglasses on.

I asked Belle about it and she told me that they forgot to take off her patch until she went inside and then the teacher aide switched her into her sunglasses. She has a new teacher because the former teacher just went out on maternity leave but the classroom para professionals haven't changed. I'm giving them a pass since the teacher is new and they were only outside for a short time. But I've filed a mental note of it and will discuss it with them if I see or hear about it again.

I just want to keep "my baby" safe.

iPatch review: Happy Patches for Little Eyes

My daughter has not been happy with the adhesive style patches that are applied directly to her skin. She complains that they hurt and when removed they often left her tender skin quite red and irritated. She told me that they make her glasses not comfortable. Since Belle started patching in March 2009, I've been on a mission to find "the best" patch for my little girl. There are quite a few eye patches out there in a range of styles and it can be overwhelming to know which one to purchase. The websites show pictures but it is hard to tell if the patch will fit well, or allow for peeking - most of all if my daughter would even wear it.

When I found the iPatch website online, I loved their tagline "happy patches for little eyes".

iPatch offers a few different patch styles including "pirate style" and patches meant to go onto eyeglasses. Since Belle wears glasses and detests pirates we went with the glasses style. iPatch was kind enough to send us a few different patches to test out, and share with Amblyopia Kids

About iPatch Glasses style patches:

  • Priced at $7/per patch.
  • 2 styles are available - one has the lens pocket on the outside of the patch, the other on the inside. Exterior pocket style makes the patch slightly less bulky.
  • Fully occlusive to block peripheral vision
  • Made to patch either eye. When ordering you can state which eye needs to be patched to avoid any flipped/reversed patterns.
  • Lightweight with a cotton exterior over a tricot covered padded lining.
  • Available: 2 sizes. [ Note: currently, the small size patches for glasses are available only on request].
  • Over 30 different colors/patterns available
  • Bulk orders are available. Shipping on standard orders priced at $4.95 for 1-6 patches and upward. They use US first class mail for shipping.

Here are our iPatch Happy Little Patches (glasses style):

Exterior Yellow patch with hearts

Interior Green patch with bumblebees

Exterior Blue patch with Crayons - size small

Interior Red patch with pawprints - size small

My four year old daughter tried out 4 different patches from iPatch - 2 small and 2 regular/large in the exterior and interior glasses styles so that we could find which size and style patch fit her best.

The yellow(hearts) patch and blue(crayons) patch are exterior style - the glasses slides through the pocket on the outside of the patch. The green(bumblebees) and red(pawprints) patch are interior style -eyeglasses go through a pocket on the inside of the patch. Both style of patches are made with a tricot padding. On the exterior pocket style the outside pocket is cotton fabric. On the interior style patch the entire outside of the patch is covered in the cotton fabric. You'll notice when I flip the patches over that the actual patch is made of a different color. When you order there are options for selecting the patch color. The pattern and color availability is plentiful from mild to wild. What I'm finding with trying out patches is that often the darker colors do a better job at occlusion because they also block out light.

I found it interesting when trying the different size/style patches on how different the fit was from the interior and exterior style patch. Up until this all the patches we'd tried had the pocket on the outside, so since the interior style looks a little bit different I wondered how Belle would feel about it. She didn't seem to care either exterior or interior - all she cares is "how cute she looks" and "not looking ridiculous". Both of these styles are attractive and the fun patterns/colors earned her seal of approval.

I found the iPatches to be extremely well constructed. The tricot padding material is soft and will not scratch your lenses up. It is also gentle against Belle's skin and doesn't irritate her. She does complain (with all her patches) that she is getting sweaty on her eyes. Some of this is definitely seasonal as we are now getting into the 80 and 90 degree weather. Handwashing and airdry is the suggested method of washing these.

I really liked how all of these patches had a buttonhole style slit in the side of them that you slide the arm of your glasses through to secure the patch to your glasses. Prior to this most of the patches I'd tried attached to the nosepad vs the side of the frame and these do not attach to the nosepad. The upside is that they can be used on glasses with or without nosepads which is nice since my daughter has a pair of plastic frames that she can't use some of her patches with.

However, because there is no buttonhole to hold these patches to your nosepiece there can be slippage of the patch creating a gap near your child's nose that the patch doesn't cover this can allow for some "peekage" if you have a little one who is determined to evade the patch. When using the glasses style patches it is really important to find a patch that fits well on your child's frames with no peeks! My daughter is a giant peeker is bound and determined to find a way - she is something!

Pictures in her iPatches:
This is the iPatch Regular (large) size - exterior style with "glitter hearts". She really likes the heart pattern on this one a lot. The sunny yellow color looks nice but the inside of the patch is very light so it doesn't block out light entirely. Because it is quite large it takes up quite a bit of her face and it does move around a little bit. I have caught her peeking out the top and by the nosepiece area. In order to assure "no peeking" with this one, I'll have to use an adhesive patch under it. From the big smile on her face - I think its obvious this patch meets her approval.

This is the iPatch small size (by request only) exterior style. The patch is navy blue with primary colored crayons on it. It would be suitable for a boy or a girl and particularly reminds me of something "back to school" or "preschool" theme. This size patch is less bulky than the large size and doesn't take up half of her face. When positioned properly on her frames it is fully occlusive even though you can see her glasses lens coming out of the exterior pocket. I also found the Navy blue (black padded interior) does a really great job at blocking light.

Summary: Both the regular/large and the small size exterior patches fit my daughters glasses that are W:45mm and H: 23.5mm . My observation is that my daughter may be in a spot where she is kind of in-between the 2 sizes. On her face and glasses the large is a little bit big and the small "just" fits. I think the small size patch would be perfect for little kids ( in the "under 4" set).

Now, onto the interior style patches:

This is the Interior Style glasses patch from iPatch in the regular (larger) size. I think that she and I agree this patch is too big and also bulky for her. I like that the inside of this patch is black (the pocket is blue) and it has a totally smooth cotton fabric outside. We'll save this patch for use down the road. Regarding the interior style: Belle gave me a little bit of "lip" about the fact this style of patch covers up the sparkly bows that adorn her glasses temples.

This is the Interior style glasses patch in the small (special order) size - the pattern is "puppy prints".

Out of the 4 iPatches that we tried, this is by far Belle's favorite and the one that also fits her best. Win/win!

The inside of the patch is a dark burgundy red that does a good job blocking the light. It doesn't slide on her glasses and she is not able to peek. Even though it hides the pretty pattern on the temple of her glasses, she likes the puppy print pattern and the red color, so it makes up for it. Definitely a happy little patch and a happy little kid!

To place an order at iPatch visit: http://goipatch.com/
Kathy at iPatch is super friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I'd definitely do business with iPatch in the future.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I need to up our patching game!

I feel like Belle is not wearing her patch as much as she should be with her busy schedule and I need to find a way to work it in every day so that we meet the goal of at least 4 hours a day, preferably 6-8hrs. I find it is toughest on the weekends.

For example, this weekend Belle went to a birthday party which was a pool party. So, obviously she wasn't going to wear her glasses or her patch in the swimming pool. She had a blast swimming (with her lifevest on) and splashing around.

After they swam, the kids had pizza and cupcakes so I put her patch and glasses on. She was trying out a new patch from Framehuggers But, when the cupcakes had really messy and sticky purple frosting on them Belle asked for the patch off so she wouldn't get it dirty and so she could lick the frosting off her cupcake - so I took it off. I know she was feeling uncomfortable wearing the patch around a lot of kids who she had never met before and I could tell she felt anxious about it. I can even tell from looking at the picture of her because her smile is so forced here and not her normal cheery self.

Afterwards the kids ran an obstacle course that included running, jumping and balancing and I kept the patch off for obvious safety reasons.
By the time she got home she was exhausted and didn't patch at all before bedtime. Our Saturday was a patching bust with just a few hours of patched time after she woke up and until lunch time.

Today, Sunday - we spent most of the day at the beach. Belle did wear her prescription sunglasses but I didn't patch her in the heat plus if she got wet and into the water.

When she got home and showered and dressed again I put the patch on her. Until, it was dinner and she had spaghetti and off with the patch again. I need to work on consistency because right now it seems like the only thing consistent is that the patch keeps coming off for some reason or another.

I'm frustrated. But not frustrated with Belle - instead with Myself!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Princess Peepers - Finally a Princess in glasses!

My Princess Peepers!

When my daughter failed her vision test at school and I told her she would need to get glasses. She was so very very upset. She told me "Princesses don't wear glasses" and she cried and cried.
Why not?

I googled "princesses in glasses" and found I was not alone. The results landed me on blog after blog of moms of princesses upset about glasses. I cried for my little princess who was feeling low but kept digging. I was hoping to find any princess who was wearing glasses and not getting a makeover which removed her glasses (like in Princess Diaries). I read in some blog comments, a link to this book Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert which I purchased right away. I wanted to have this on hand for when Belle got her glasses so I ordered it from Amazon for under $12 and free shipping on my order. The suggested retail price is $16.99 for this hardcover book.

The book tells the story of Princess Peepers who wears glasses, and loves them - she has a pair for every occasion (it reminded me of my daughter with all her many many pair of sunglasses for every outfit). That is until other princesses make fun of her for wearing glasses and she decides not to wear them. Not wearing them results in all sorts of calamities for Princess Peepers. Until at the end, she meets a prince who wears glasses too and they live happily ever after (with glasses).

The illustrations in Princess Peepers are by Tuesday Mourning and are a real treat. For my daughter (age 4) - the pictures are by and large her favorite part. As it turns out, even though Belle didn't want to get glasses because 'princesses don't wear glasses' - once she picked out pretty frames and saw how well they helped her see, she decided she loved her glasses. She is very much like Princess Peepers and if I let her she would have a pair for every outfit like Peepers. (psst... Yeah, she IS kind of like that with her eyepatches, they are significantly more affordable than glasses!). When we read this book she's commented on how the other princesses were mean to her because of her glasses. I was concerned at first that she might take it negatively and then not want to wear her glasses. Thankfully, she has not. When Peepers doesn't wear her glasses and ends up toppling out of a castle tower - she told me that 'if she had her glasses on she wouldn't have gotten hurt!". Some days I think my daughter is 4 going on 40!

Belle is definitely a Princess Peepers fan. It is nice to have a book with princess role model who wears glasses.

For more info: http://www.pamcalvert.com/princess_peepers

Read my epinions review here

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Our Review of Magenta Gets Glasses

Have you seen the old episode of Blues Clues where Magenta gets glasses? Its one of the older episodes with Steve in it - not Joe.

Magenta has been trouble seeing lately and so she goes to the eye doctor to get glasses. Steve and Blue help her out and we get to see how an eye test works. Later, we help her pick out her glasses and also help out when she's a bit shy about wearing them in public.
Download the episode$1.99 or Get it on DVD

Trivia: If you loved the TV show ER, you might recognize that Sherry Stringer (Susan from ER) is the voice of the eye doctor.

My daughter recently received the book Magenta Gets Glasses! along with a TY Magenta plush toy and was so excited.

The paperback picturebook tells the tale of Magenta who needs glasses because she is having trouble seeing but she is a little bit afraid of going to the Eye Doctor. I wished we had this book before Belle's first trip to the eye doctor. She was so afraid and didn't know what to expect. Thankfully our ophthalmologist is amazing and connected with her right away. He has a manner about him that puts you at ease and he isn't scary or threatening in any way at all. Both Belle and I are very comfortable with him and that makes a world of difference. Belle likes in Magenta Gets Glasses! how her friends Steve and Blue go with Magenta to the eye doctor so she isn't afraid. Belle gets afraid a lot. The best part about Magenta gets glasses, from the parent perspective, is that Magenta likes her glasses from the start. When she looks in the mirror to see how she looks with her glasses she notices she looks different but she likes what she sees. And now, Magenta is excited to see bumblebees and butterflies. As Belle now says to me all the time - "Look, Mama - I see a bird!" Its like music to my ears!

The TY Magenta plush toy is a perfect little Magenta wearing plastic glasses (no lenses) frames. The frames are fastened to her face securely with stitches so they are not removable and stay in place. She really loves that Magenta is wearing pretty purple glasses and enjoys her tiny size. I appreciate that because she doesn't take up much space and is portable. Belle takes Magenta in the car with us sometimes and even took her to school on Friday for Pajama day and bring your favorite stuffed animal. She drew me a picture of her Magenta the other day (complete with glasses) that I need to scan and share, it is adorable. She even took Magenta with her to the movies the other day. Yes, Magenta is loved.

Additional Vision Supports from Nick Jr:
Magenta's Glasses Coloring & Cut-out Sheet
Visit the Eye Doctor Checklist from Nick Jr.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day: The Patch Tree

For Earth Day I thought it was fitting to share Belle's patch tree. Credit for the idea of a patch tree comes from a mother at Little Four Eyes. Be sure to check out her post which shows her daughter's patch tree - her artistic skills are far superior to mine!
For Belle's tree - I had her help color in the tree draw the flowers and grass, and she had a grand time drawing it.
So, when Belle takes off her adhesive patches instead of throwing them into the garbage she puts it on the tree. I told her that when the tree is full of "leaves" she gets to pick out a treat. She wants to fill up her tree, perhaps a bit too much because she peels off her patches and puts them on the tree by herself (with her bathroom stepstool) and is very proud to do it and be rid of the patch. I've since instituted a policy that the patch doesn't get to go on the tree unless she wears it for at least 3 hours first.
Unfortunately, Belle really doesn't like wearing the adhesive patches and claims that they hurt her face. When I take them off they leave a big mark and almost tear her skin off. I hate that they hurt her :(
Today we were talking about earth day and she understands that the cloth patches are better for our earth than disposable. She understands so much that she said "so that means I don't have to wear my patches anymore!". Unfortunately, bad for the earth or not - she isn't getting out of patching. And if she is peeking around a cloth patch then she needs to use an adhesive. I mean business!
FYI - the gorgeous colorful under the eyeglass patch that Belle has on is one that a friend made for us! Belle loves the bright colors of it and amazingly enough she kept it on all afternoon until her brother came home from school - 6 hours patched today, pretty good!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Patching, Reading, and Compliance

My little girl loves to be read to. She doesn't know how to read yet, but she is working on it. One thing that she tells me all the time is that the letters are "so tiny" or "so fluffy". It breaks my heart that she is having a hard time learning to read because of her vision issues. I hope with her glasses she is able to work through it. In the meantime we continue to read to her often. I also think that books and being read to is a good patching activity because she needs to focus on the pictures and the letters. At least, I'd like to think so. They are working on her reading skills at pre-K.

So, lately I've noticed if we go straight home after pre-K she immediately wants to take her patch off and starts in on complaining about it. But, if she is kept busy she forgets she is wearing the patch and it buys me time before the whining commences. One place we go to often is the library. Belle loves the library. It is one of our favorite places to go because it is FREE and it is full of books.

On gloomy rainy days like today, the library was absolutely the perfect place to go.

Patch Pals - Eyepatch review

When we first started patching several people steered me to the Patch Pals website for a real cute variety of patches. They told me, "Let her pick it out" and "make it fun".

Off we headed to PatchPals to pick a patch (read my experience here)

She immediately picked out a sweet little kitten patch that looks a bit like Hello Kitty. I also ordered her a purple sparkle version since she wears a lot of purple and the "princess pack" which includes a T-shirt that says "patching makes my eye strong and beautiful" and 2 princess patches. I had my items within days - very fast shipping. The patches are $8-10 a piece and are handwashable.

The Patch Pals go over Belle's glasses and they are soft felt so I am not concerned about them scratching her lens up. The patch pal does need to be held in place by the nosepiece of your eyeglass frame, so they don't work as well on plastic frames (like sunglasses).

Belle likes the way these look because she can coordinate them with her clothing, or pretend to be a kitten. One thing though, they definitely draw attention to the eye patch so your child will get noticed with these. Once when she was wearing the kitten one a young toddler almost ripped her glasses off of her face because she wanted to play with the kitten. My daughter freaked out about that and didn't wear the kitty patch for a few days after that. She always 'meows' when she puts it on, which is cute for a 4 year old.

Sizing is "one size fits all". This means that on a younger child it is going to be quite large. As you can see from the photos it takes up quite a bit of Belle's face, and she is 4. Also the white kitty one has gotten dirty from sweat, touching it with grubby fingers, eating lunch - etc. It is handwashable but you will get some noticable pilling of the felt with repeated washing.

My biggest concern with the Patch Pal has to do with cheating and if it is really fully occlusive. When wearing these patches I notice that Belle will slide her glasses down and try to peek around or over the patch. To avoid this, I have to use an adhesive patch directly on her eye under it. I want to make sure that her vision is absolutely blocked when she is patching - no sense in cheating around the patch. Belle doesn't like the way she looks when she is just wearing the "band-aid" patch and insists on covering it up with a Patch Pal which is essentially how we use these now. I recommend them, with the advice that you really need to make sure that they fit on your child's frame and face without a gap to allow for cheats.

Photos of Belle wearing her patch pals:

Related posts:
Picking a Patch
First Time Patching
Patching Ballerina
Patching at the Library
Patching at the Bowling Alley
Patching, Reading & Compliance

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Patching at the Bowling Alley!

My daughter belongs to a great group called P.A.S.S. which is a sibling support group sponsored by our local Autism group, POAC. Every couple of months they hold free bowling nights for siblings of to come out and have a good time. What was great was I met a mother who shared with me that her 2 boys had Amblyopia and both have been completely reversed to 20/30 vision! That gave me so much hope for Belle.

Belle has such a good time at these bowling events and even wore her eye patch with confidence. Yep. She totally rocked her eye patch, and matching kitty kat purse. Pink bowling ball of course. And oh - that ramp is the best. She managed a strike and several spares!

See photos and videos from the February '09 event here (pre glasses & patch)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Screening for Amblyopia in Infants

My daughter's amblyopia was only recently uncovered because she failed a vision screening at school. Previously, she'd passed routine screens at her well visits and we had no indication that she was only seeing with one eye. I received an email about the Enfant Pediatric Vision test which can screen for amblyopia in babies as young as 6 months old. Of course, looking back I wish we'd had this done. But, if this can help any other babies vision in the future - I'm sharing it!

Great stuff:

Many pediatricians’ offices across the country are now offering the Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System as part of their preventative healthcare arsenal.

The Enfant:
  • Is a high-tech, clinically proven vision test now available in many pediatricians’ offices.
  • Is a non-invasive, child-friendly medical device that tests for visual deficits in even pre-verbal children as young as six months of age.
  • Uses technology called Visual Evoked Potential (VEP), which evaluates the child’s response to an external stimulus to test what the brain is seeing. Through VEP, the Enfant is able to identify vision deficits that a physician might not otherwise detect during more conventional, subjective eye exams.

  • The first and only pediatric vision test of its kind, the Enfant delivers 97 percent sensitivity in detecting visual deficits.
  • The test can be easily incorporated into a child’s routine pediatrician “well” visit and can be completed in five to seven minutes.

  • Features animated characters and graphics accompanied by music.
  • In most cases, the test is reimbursable by insurance.

For more info and to view a demo video: http://www.enfantvision.com/

Thursday, April 16, 2009

She had a screw loose

This morning when I went to put Belle's patch onto her glasses I noticed they weren't quite right. One of the arms was very loose and seemed like it was going to fall off. Upon closer examination the screw was loose. So, I took a teeny tiny screwdriver and tried to tighten it up - but it wouldn't tighten, though it would turn...

So, on this finally gorgeous day of Spring Break, I packed both kids into the car and we headed to the optical shop. The kids waited patiently while the guy there took out the old screw and replaced it. Good as new, I hope.

I'm just wondering why in a months time the screw came loose when she is extremely diligent with her glasses and doesn't take them on and off a whole lot. She is nothing like her older brother, who has gotten better, but is rather on the rough side with his glasses. We have to get his glasses adjusted a lot - sometimes weekly it seems.

Ah, well. I'm sure this is just the first of many repairs and adjustments for Belle too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One month progress report

Today was Belle's one month check-up with the eye doctor. It is hard to believe we have been patching for a month now, well just about. She's doing a good job at using her weak eye while we have her good eye patched. Verdict: keep doing what we are doing. Her prescription hasn't changed but it has only been a month. It was like music to my ears to hear her reading off the letters from the chart and getting most of them right with her glasses on.
Yep, the biggie today for Belle is that she used the "Big girl" eye chart - the one with the letters on it instead of the eye chart with pictures. She did such a great job reading the letters even if "those are so very tiny" as she put it!
We go back in 2 months.
In the meantime, we keep on patching!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Amblyopia Art!

My son is a little budding computer artist. He drew these 2 pictures today of himself with his little sister, complete with her Patch Pal patch on.

The first picture was more freehand and the second one he spent a lot more time on. I can't decide which one I like better. I love them both.

I get a real kick out of the fact that he even included a Princess glasses case in them for her. He loves that his little sister wears glasses like he does. I also think he really likes her eye patch!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Truth about Free Glasses from Target

There is an email circulating that kids under 12 can get a free pair of glasses with their best lenses and a choice of up to 40 frames, no income requirements - just bring in a valid prescription from your eye doctor. I've gotten this email several times over the past week, of course never from Target but from everyone else.

Last week I remember reading about free kids glasses at Kansas City area Targets, and since we are no where near KC I didn't even think about it but for a minute. So when the emails started flowing about free glasses from Target I thought for sure it was in my area. At least, I really hoped it was.
Fail. No free glasses score for me!

The closest Target Optical Center to me is about 25 minutes away and they told me that they aren't offering it. This was a program exclusive to the Kansas City locations and that they were getting a lot of calls about it but had no plans on offering it at any time in the future. However, the sales rep was real quick to share with me that they did have a great deal on kids glasses when you purchase the frames for the full retail price the lenses are just $25 unless they are "out of the normal range".
This really isn't a bad deal but it isn't free!

Tips for ordering glasses online

I got this great link from @clearlylenz on twitter that I thought was timely to share in light of my latest post about ordering spares and sunglasses online.

This article explains soup to nuts how to do it with regard to the measurements that you need, etc.
Have You Ever Ordered Prescription Eyeglasses Online? - An Easy Guideline

I couldn't have ever ordered my first pair (for my son) without the help of the Glassy Eyes Blog.

Zenni Optical - the place for inexpensive spares!

My 8 year old son has autism, and he is definitely rough on glasses - though getting better almost a year into wearing them. Back in July 2008, I wrote this review of Zenni Optical which I can say, this site has saved me quite a bit. Particularly, I love that you can get tinted lenses for just $4.95 additional! With the frame choice, tinting and lenses I've found that my son's glasses range from $30-$35 and they are well worth waiting about 2-3 weeks for. Because they are just that - spares, extras.

Having ordered from Zenni before, I know that you need the PD measurement (pupil distance) - so when Belle was at the local optical shop picking out her frames I knew to ask the Optician for the Pupil Distance when they took the measurement (its when they have the kids look into the "big viewmaster"). Then, when I got home - I went to Zenni and ordered spares & sunglasses. Note: When I ordered I got a pop-up error message that my daughter's PD was "out of range", I'm guessing this is because it has a filter for adult ranges. The popup just had me click 'ok' if I wanted to continue and accept this PD measurement, which I did.

Now, with the patching - Belle's prescription may change so if it does - I know I'm not out all that much. The glasses came to $28.90 and her sunglasses came to $23.95. Shipping is $4.95 no matter how many pair. You'll need to know a few things 1) your child's prescription in full including the pupil distance 2) Sizing from a pair of glasses that fits them right.

What I didn't realize when I ordered these glasses & sunglasses is that I ordered plastic style that doesn't have a nosepiece which many of the patches rely on. She can still use a "band-aid" patch though or wear these when she isn't patching. Checking back on the Zenni site I do see that there are a few cute ones with nosepieces which I need to remember for next time. Also, a lot of the kids styles have a saddle bridge instead of separate nosepieces - if you need a nosepiece for patching, then you'll need to specify that when you order.
*update: I did find a style of patch that you can use for glasses that have the silicone "saddle" bridge. The patch is called Luxeye and Ortopad sells them.

Belle's glasses were ordered on March 17th and received today April 10th - a total of 18 business days (not counting weekends). This actually was the longest time its taken for us to receive from Zenni, and this time the package came from China instead of California.

So, here's a princess in glasses!
This is Zenni Style:

#4378 in burgundy/purple choice with a 10% purple tint. Total cost after tint is $28.90

And here's someone ready for the beach!
This is Zenni Style: #4385 in Pink(19) with a 50% Pink tint. Total cost $23.95 after tinting. These frames are adorable and actually have what looks like little hello kitty type characters on the sides of them. I could see Belle owning these in all the colors that they sell them in.

Patch Battles - literally

Well. Illness raged through the house like a storm and we all got sick. Belle perked up on Wednesday but then was sick again by evening. So, she had Tuesday off the patch, Wednesday on, Thursday off and now - Friday... She has the patch on. But, not without a battle.

I put it on her and she got so mad. She cried that everything "is fluffy". "it makes it hard to see". "I'm having a hard time being patient with this" (Hard to believe she is just 4 saying these things!)

Then, When I said she needed the patch til at least dinner time so she'd get 4 hours in...
She hit me.

Then, she ran downstairs to go be with Daddy and her brother since she knew that was the wrong thing to do.

But, she has the patch on.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is it OK to give a day off?

We awoke this AM to the sounds of my son getting sick in his loft bed. Not a fun thing to clean up or pleasant thing to wake up to. About an hour later my daughter got sick. She's rested on and off and has seriously perked up but is still not 100 %. She doesn't want to wear her glasses and I feel like the poor kid is sick, I can't bring myself to put an eye patch on her.

So, is it ok to just give her a day off of wearing it?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Nickelodeon Promotes Glasses!

Find episodes, books, printouts, coloring pages & more of your favorite Nick Jr. & Noggin Characters wearing glasses


Blue's Clues


Ni Hao Kai Lan

Wow Wow Wubbzy

Yo Gabba Gabba

Ni Hao Kai Lan - Yeh-Yeh's Glasses

Belle loves Ni Hao Kai Lan and while Kai Lan doesn't get glasses (how cool would THAT be? The only thing better for her might be if Dora got glasses!).

Nick Jr. has a printable eye chart with Kai-Lan theme on their website here: http://www.nickjr.com/printables/kai-lan-eye-chart.jhtml

Kai-Lan's loving and all-knowing grandfather, Yeh-Yeh wears glasses.
Here's a pin the glasses on yeh-yeh game:

Backyardigans "Glasses are Cool" campaign

The Backyardigans on Nick Jr. think

"Glasses are Cool".

Here's some fun and free printables you can use with your kids.

Click this link for a printable certificate "Welcome to the Club, Glasses are Cool!"

Printable Game: Pin the Glasses on Pablo

Printable Game: Pin the Glasses on Uniqua

Printable Stickers: Backyardigans stickers about how cool, bee-yoo-ti-ful, and super spy that glasses are. http://www.nickjr.com/printables/backyardigans-glasses-stickers.jhtml

Backyardigans - Pirate Patch craft printable

Wow Wow Wubzzerific Walden's Glasses!

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wubbzy's friend Walden wears glasses and he's pretty cool.

Watch Walden in the Be Yourself Video (Free download)

Click here for this really cool coloring page of Walden:

Free Printable: Pin the Glasses on Walden

Free Printable: Wubbzy & Friends Colorable Placemats (includes Walden)

Free Printable: Walden Connect the Dots

Learn what Wubbzy is doing for World Autism Awareness
Check out Wubbzy on Nick Jr.

Blue's Clues: Magenta Gets Glasses

This oldie but goodie episode of Blues Clues is all about Blue's pal Magenta getting glasses.

Magenta has been trouble seeing lately and so she goes to the eye doctor to get glasses. Steve and Blue help her out and we get to see how an eye test works. Later, we help her pick out her glasses and also help out when she's a bit shy about wearing them in public. Download the episode$1.99 or Get it on DVD

Free Printable from NickJr.com: Magenta's Glasses Coloring & Cut-out Sheet to make Magenta: http://www.nickjr.com/parenting/ages_and_stages/4/creative_arts/magentas_glasses_costume.jhtml

Free Printable Eye Exam Flash cards: http://www.nickjr.com/printables/magenta-eye-exam-cards.jhtml?path=/printables/blues-clues/all-themes/all-ages/index.jhtml

Buy the book Magenta Gets Glasses! from Amazon.com.

Visit the Eye Doctor Checklist from Nick Jr.

Yo Gabba Gabba & Glasses

Have you seen Yo Gabba Gabba?

Click here for a Yo Gabba Gabba Printable Eye Chart: http://www.nickjr.com/printables/yo-gabba-eye-chart.jhtml

This is by far one of the craziest kids shows I've ever seen and honestly I used to find it a little bit creepy! BUT... my kids LOVE it. I am sure it has to do with all the music and the silly monsters, and lets face it DJ Lance may look a little out there but he is FUN. Plus, he wears glasses.

" I wear glasses too! and look how cool I am! *wink/sparkle*" -DJ Lance

In the "Differences" episode:
The gang celebrate their differences. I'm From Barcelona perform "Just Because It's Different." Other songs include "Razzle Dazzle"; Don't Say Mean Things"; and "All My Friends Are Different."

The episode talks about celebrating differences and accepting friends. In this episode, Muno, gets glasses (glass?) but doesn't like wearing the glasses. In the end, Muno gets a contact lens.

The acceptance message in this episode is great but the folks over at Little Four Eyes hit the nail on the head that its a bit of a disappointment that Muno couldn't have happily worn glasses. Hrmph!

The better role model with glasses in Yo Gabba Gabba is absolutely DJ Lance.