Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Monday, April 20, 2009
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.
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:
Picking a Patch
First Time Patching
Patching at the Library
Patching at the Bowling Alley
Patching, Reading & Compliance
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Many pediatricians’ offices across the country are now offering the Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System as part of their preventative healthcare arsenal.
- 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.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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
Sunday, April 12, 2009
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
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.
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.
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
So, is it ok to just give her a day off of wearing it?
Monday, April 6, 2009
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:
"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
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.
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.
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.