Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Amblyopia & our Disney Trip

We just returned from our 8 days in Disney World, what an awesome family vacation. Thank you to AS Novus, for sharing her daughter Bea's "adventures" in amblyopia while I was away. PLGC&T to you and your patching beauty!

My friends here will recall that before we took the trip, I was fretting a bit about how to handle patching at Disney and how my daughter would be able to enjoy her vacation in the 90 degree heat, dark rides, and also the photos, comments, etc. I debated a strict schedule of daily patching vs taking a week off. I decided and knew that we really cannot take that time off from patching and that my daughter needs to patch in order for her vision to get better. Still, I accepted this was vacation and that there would be some give and take, and off we went.

I started out writing a blog post recap about the trip but it got far too lengthy - so I decided to break it into a series of posts.

I hope that those who are traveling with Amblyopia Kids find this helpful, and will also share their travel adventures and tips.

Patching & Travel
Making mealtime patchtime
Disney accomodations for vision issues & amblyopia
Amblyopia & the Fear of losing her glasses
Patching & The characters
Sunglasses are a must have
3D Disney Attractions

More Related posts:
Patching and Disney - are they compatible?
Amblyopia and Disney Part 2
Of course eye patches go with Disney
Amblyopia & 3D movies

Amblyopia & Disney 3D Attractions

There are quite a few 3D attractions and shows at Disney.

This obviously presents a challenge for kids and persons with Amblyopia who lack binocular vision.

Belle has gone to a few 3D movies before and made comments to the effect that she is able to see some of the 3D effects (I have also watched her try to reach out and touch 3d images!). But watching her lack of reaction during many 3D portions, I know she doesn't seem to have the same 3D vision like I do.

With her glasses off, she doesn't seem to see the 3D effects at all, but with them on and the 3D special glasses over the top of her glasses she does seem to get the 3D gist of things. Disney's 3D glasses are made so that they easily go over your regular glasses and fit both adults and children.

A few of the 3D attractions that Belle tried were the philharmagic show, toy story mania, and muppetvision. Toy Story Mania is a ride where you wear 3D glasses and play arcade style games. This ride is very visually challenging and fast moving and she enjoyed it but struggled with the gameplay portion of the ride (some of this being that she is only 4!) . The 3D show that she enjoyed the most was the Philharmagic movie. Personally, I think that the muppetvision 3D show needs to be updated as it is the same show that I saw 12 years ago on my honeymoon and even with my relatively good vision the 3D wasn't all that great and gave me a bit of a headache.

Prescription Sunglasses

My daughter spent a good deal of vacation wearing sunglasses, I was so glad to have prescription sunglasses for her (and myself).
The sun was so bright and almost painful during the hottest part of the day.

However, because many of the rides and shows are dark - we spent a good bit of time switching glasses on and off between clear and tinted lenses. Times like these, I wished for transition lenses or was tempted to buy neckstraps to make swapping out quicker and easier. As it was - I had our hardshell cases in my backpack and we just switched them before and after "dark" rides.

Patching at Disney World

On a day when we weren't getting in very much patching time - and my daughter wanted to meet up with Mickey & Minnie and the rest of the characters for the 50th time - I used wearing her patch as an incentive.

Wear the patch - meet the characters
no patch, no characters.

Guess who wore the patch? Yeah.

So, when she asked me to see the characters again - I told her that Minnie Mouse would like to see her eye patch. First she said no, she didn't want to show it to Minnie but then she put it on and happily met the characters wearing a patch.

Fear of Losing Glasses!

A lot of the rides and queues at Disney are dark, and my daughter is deathly afraid of the dark so we made use of our GAC to bypass these queues for rides she did want to do - like the Peter Pan ride. In February when we were at Disney she screamed for this entire ride (before she got glasses and her Amblyopia diagnosis) so I wondered how it would go. Well, this time she got really nervous and started to "freak out" that she would lose her glasses. I told her to hold them on her face, which then started a trend for the rest of the trip. On any ride where the motion was faster than a turtle's pace or the slightest bit bumpy (like the animal safari or boat rides) she held her glasses on her face by placing a finger in front of each lens and around her nose. She really does not want to lose those glasses!

Up until this point, my daughter has been gung-ho that she does not want to wear an eyeglass retainer of any kind. But, the fear of losing her glasses while on amusement park rides may change things for her the next time around. I'd suggest bringing and using an eyeglass retainer if you go to Walt Disney world. I was quite thankful my son was wearing one!

Disney World Accomodates Amblyopia

Accomodating Amblyopia & the GAC

The first thing that I did when we got into the parks was go to the guest relations and talk to a Disney cast member. My son has Autism, so we needed to get him a Guest Assistance Card which allows for some accommodations throughout the park (entrance through handicap queue instead of the main queue, etc) and use special viewing areas for parades, etc. Since we had been coming in off of a bus, my daughter was still patching and I told him about her vision and Amblyopia and my concerns. He wrote me out a Guest Assistance Card for my daughter also in case our party split up (so we'd have a card for each child) and stamped the card so that we could use alternate entrances to attractions, have priority seating in front of rides/shows, and access into the handicap viewing area for parades. If we had been using a stroller, he said that he could also stamp it for using the stroller like a wheelchair and to be able to use that in queues.

When traveling with your special needs child at Disney - be it vision issues, autism, other any other special needs the best thing you can do is simply go to the guest relations center and talk to them about what you need. If they can help make your trip easier, more enjoyable, and more accessible they will. I want to include that they have assistance for those who are visually impaired including braille maps and pre-recorded audio tours as well. For more information visit the Walt Disney World website info for Guests with Disabilities. For information specifically geared to guests with Visual Disabilities

I also recommend the disABILITIES forum at for a wealth of information from experienced Disney travelers. Read the FAQ, first - as most questions are answered here.

I'm very thankful for the accomodations that Disney made for my daughter. The biggest time that the GAC came into play for my daughter was at the shows - she was able to sit up front where she was able to see better. Because she is extremely farsighted, this was a huge help for her.

Belle enjoying the Beauty & the Beast show at Hollywood Studios from a front row.

Travel & Amblyopia - Making mealtime patchtime

Mealtime Patching

When we were back at our resort and on "down time" we patched. It wasn't perfect, but we got it in there on most days - not the full 4 hours daily but enough that I am not feeling guilty about it. At our resort hotel, Coronado Springs - they gave the kids coloring pages and crayons during dinner. This made for a perfect patching activity and we stayed at our table long enough for her to finish coloring in her picture.

Patching during meals that weren't character meals worked out pretty well and allowed us to get in a bit of patch time most days - well, except for when she fell asleep at dinner!

Patching for Amblyopia and Travel

Our Patching Journey to Disney

On travel days, we got in the most patch time. I wouldn't have thought to do this but Amomofelly from Little Four Eyes blog had left a comment here a while back and shared at L4E regarding an airport experience that really encouraged me. I also realized this was a perfect chance for her to knock the hours out for those days in the most minimally invasive and productive of ways. She traveled with a patch on, and played her Nintendo DS.

When we were at the parks, I didn't have my daughter wearing her eye patch most of the time. We weren't using a stroller this trip, and I felt that even holding her hand - the crowds and unfamiliar terrain made it too risky for her to be having trip and falls. My daughter has really bad depth perception and even without the patch on we have many trip & falls.

Her safety comes first and vacation is for enjoyment. I made the executive decision to patch as much as possible outside of park and pool time. So, we patched on the Disney busses to and from the parks, and while dining (when not at character meals).

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bea's Adventures in Amblyopia

For some reason I have been having difficulty narrowing down to a single topic for this post. Things have been at best a bit harrowing in the Novus household. We have survived a tri-state move, various traveling to and from the Bay Area and a general array of smaller bumps in the road that were unplanned. So if I tend to babble or wander then I will undoubtedly use the excuses above. Though I am a bit of a babbler and a wanderer so, uhm, wait where was I?

Oh yes Adventures in Amblyopia. Since I have been so graciously allowed to guest post this week I thought I would go ahead and share Bea's story with you.

Shortly after her 6th birthday and well into her first year of kindergarten Bea had a routine eye exam with the school nurse. It was suggested that we get her eyes checked due to a slight discrepancy in her left eye. Now, I wear glasses and so does my husband. I have had them since 3rd grade so nothing set off any alarm bells. I made the appointment and went along my merry little way.

I knew pretty quickly that something wasn't right. Bea stared into the autorefractor and the assistant got a funny look on her face. She looked at a print out and looked at Bea again and said nothing. At this point I am still respectably calm. Then the eye doctor comes in. He flips a few lenses shines a few lights and fidgets like the dickens. I think he may have even broke a sweat.
My first though was that maybe he just wasn't good with children. Then he blurts out the foreign sounding word, Amblyopia.

OD: Mumbles something like "can't be fixed or corrected with lenses, lets dilate her eyes to be sure."

Me: Okay, I'll play along but what do you mean can't be corrected?

OD: Glasses won't work, blind in one eye, it can't be fixed, come back in 20 minutes."

At this point I am straight freaking out. In the end he admitted that he had no experience with Amblyopia and referred us to a specialist. The rest as they say is History. I pretty much knew everything and anything that I could get my hands on about Amblyopia by the time we got to the Opthamologist. I was even prepared for the patching. I was not prepared to be handed 1 plain adhesive patch and sent on my way.

Bea was a trooper from the start. As you can see from my previous post, she has a clear concept of what Amblyopia is and that she needs to "fix her brain". The first patch was fine, it was an ortopad. I had to get a box of Nexcare from the local drugstore and those were a nightmare for us. They stuck to her skin and made her cry. I gave up patching on the spot and started doing research.

Through the help of the Internet and a couple of new FaceBook friends I was directed to the ortopadusa site. We ordered the Ortopad Girl fun pack and a purple Unicorn Patch Pal for the days when the adhesives were too much. She loved them. She was a patching phenom, 4 hours everyday, 2 with the adhesive & 2 with Uni, no fuss. We also had a wide assortment of patching activities;

  • Creating a patching journal
  • Making artwork out of patches
  • Coloring and painting
etc... I believe that my verve for patching matched hers. Our first 2 month check up went from 20/200 to 20/60. WooHOO! Then August came and vacation happened and patching dwindled from 4 hours a day, to sometimes 2, to even skipping here or there. It was vacation after all. I am not convinced that 1 week of shabby patching was the reason that we had no improvement at our next appointment. I do however have a sinking pit of guilt in my gut that it was my fault, not hers.

So we went back to patching with an invigorating vengeance! We held on steady for a solid month. Thus we now we circle back to the beginning of this post. The move...2 days of driving, no patching. We are briefly, (fingers crossed so as not to overstay our welcome), settled with friends. This is a very transitional phase and we are patching but again sporadically. It is not for lack of trying, just some of those bumps I mentioned. Bea is suddenly reluctant to patch and has begun dreading it. There goes that guilt again.

I guess that is where the adventure comes into play. Like many families dealing with amblyopia there are ups and downs. I try to look on the positive and just be thankful that I have a healthy child. She has already come so far and we aren't stopping the fight anytime soon. So I look at my child and tell her she is beautiful, smart and amazing. I tell her that she is gonna fix this and when (not if) she does there will be singing and laughing and stories to tell.

I think I am telling myself as much as I am telling all of you, Don't give up! When you are feeling down about your child's progress find support. There are so many parents out there willing to tell their story and share their experiences. Most of all don't forget to high five your little one every time they finish patching. Make it worth it, let them know THEY are fixing this. They are patching strong!

PLGC&T- To all of you patching phenoms!! YOU ARE AMAZING! and of course to the wonderful friends and family who encourage them on this journey.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Conquering the term Lazy Eye.

I have a compulsive need to explain to adults the type of Amblyopia that my child has. I especially find myself confronted with this compulsion when aforementioned adult says "Oh you mean lazy eye?" The first time that this happened my daughter asked me "Mom, do I have a lazy eye?" The answer is no. We actually have Refractive Anisometropia Amblyopia. It sounds like a song from Mary Poppins. We have played the, can you say that 3 times fast game a time or two.

I feel like I should not have to explain. It shouldn't matter if the child has Strabismus, Form Deprivation, Occlusion or Refractive Amblyopia. No child should have to deal with adults referring to them in the third person and using the term lazy in relation to their being. You could say I have a bit of a chip about the whole thing. I completely and rationally understand that people are not educated on the topic and relate to what they think they know. Therefore I am trying to get over it, to a degree. My kid helps me out with that. The truth is, that we do need to explain it. People do need to know.

Bea is often quicker to answer their questions than I am these days. My 6 year old, the genius that she is simply says; "My eye couldn't see very well,so my brain turned it off. I patch my good eye to fix my brain and it makes my bad eye strong." It stops people cold. They have no response and they seem a bit abashed at even suggesting "lazy eye". I like it. I like that I took the time to explain it to her and that she broke it down into her own terms.

While that is all great and good. I really just want people not to ask. Human nature is what it is however and curiosity killed the cat. I get it. So we deal with the questions and we do our part, in small ways to conquer the term "lazy eye". I am no longer afraid to let people know that it is bad for my little gal's self esteem. Her 1st grade teacher also allowed her to bring in her patching book (a notebook where she sticks her adhesive patches) and talk to the kids in her class about it. She got to the point where she was comfortable patching for 2 hours every morning during school. I am one proud mama.

The Patch Book

So what suggestions do you have? How do you effectively conquer the term "lazy eye" in your child's life. What things do you do to build up their self esteem? My Bea has been amazing with the whole patching thing. Lately it has started to wear her down. We have recently moved to California and Bea is more reluctant to patch in public and exhibiting less self confidence than before. I want to keep her strong through this. She is 6, her window to kick the amblyopia in the butt dwindles each day. I want her to look back and feel empowered that SHE fixed this. I want her to move forward and conquer the stereo type that is "Lazy Eye".

My Bea the patching Beauty of the West Coast!

PLGC-PL &T- Peace Love & Green Chile... Peace, Love & Tacos- to guest blogging mommies & parents of Amblyopia.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Talk Like a Pirate Day & Eye Patch PSA!

A reminder that while 9/19 may be "Talk like a pirate day" and you may think its real fun to pretend pirate....

Please keep the eye patch comments to a minimum unless you have something nice to say. Going up to a child wearing a patch and making pirate comments isn't so cool when they are struggling to see.

Pirate comments are detrimental to my daughter's eye patch compliance!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Lazy Eye" Vent against America's Next Top Model

I really dislike the term Lazy Eye on so many levels. I mean, I "get it" why it is called Lazy theory. But, I feel like it is such a negative term. Lazy is as Lazy does, and my child who happens to have a Lazy eye is anything BUT lazy.

Amblyopia, or Lazy Eye, is a brain thing. The weaker eye shuts off because the strong eye is doing all the work. But, the term Lazy Eye has become a "catch all" term when anything "wrong" with someone's eye and is mis-used more often than not. The term Lazy Eye is thrown around a lot used when referring to an eye that crosses in, floats out, is unable to focus - or what have you. Even worse, when it is referred to as "crazy eye" or somehow implies that the person is drunk, dumb, or both. More negative, negative negative. I have had ENOUGH of the negative!

So, what prompted my rant today...

Last night on America's Next Top Model - Yes, I do watch this show - they were throwing around the word Lazy Eye throughout the episode. In addition to this being the "petite" season - it turns out that one of the contestants, Jennifer has an eye condition called Ptosis. Ptosis is a muscular condition most often associated with a 'droopy eyelid'. Jennifer doesn't have a full range of motion in her left eye and in several of the interviews she mentions that she hopes it doesn't affect her in the competition. She mentions trying to overcome it in pictures by raising up her eyebrows (which are also asymmetrical). Of course, in the episode where they deal with "Smiling with your eyes" (Smeyes) this will play a part...

After an interview with Nigel (a judge) and Sean Patterson of Wilhelmina models -- Sean says "she has a little bit of a lazy eye" and Nigel pipes back "She definitely has a lazy eye".

newsflash CW network: SHE DOESN'T HAVE A LAZY EYE!!!!

Then during the photo shoot, Jay Manuel says that she looks "a wee bit drunk"... "What makes it drunk is that eye is half closed from this side" (complete with gestures!).

I wanted to smack him at this point.

Jennifer goes on to explain to him about her medical condition including saying that it is called Ptosis and that it is not really a functioning muscle. She tries again and asks if it is better. His response is "a little better... Work on it". Then during her photo shoot he calls her expression "Forced" when she is asked to smile with her eyes.

He makes me mad.

During judging they say that 'her eyes almost look uneven'. Jennifer shares she has had surgery on her one eye and then the judges & Tyra offer some constructive feedback about working with the make-up artist or twisting the head, opening it up wider... basically to "figure it out". I'm ok with this, but it didn't redeem all the previous comments aired in the episode.

Now, I know this is a beauty competition and reality TV. Still, I'm bothered.

I just think there is a real opportunity for education and creating awareness about vision issues and the network should at least use proper terminology and get their facts straight. Jennifer, the only Asian in the competition, has explained that this is a muscular condition called Ptosis and here the judges keep referring to her as looking drunk, squinting, talking behind her back that she has a Lazy Eye.

Shaking my head.

I'm writing a letter to the CW network and Tyra.

Yes, really I am. Anyone else want to join me?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Giveaway: Enter to win Lazy Eye Exercises Book

Enter to win your own copy of Tammie Taylor's 45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Eye Patch Exercises To Improve Vision for Those Who Suffer From Amblyopia.

I am very excited to be able to offer this giveaway to my Amblyopia Kids readers. One very lucky reader will get to win their own copy of this very helpful book.

Tammie Taylor, the author of 45 Lazy Eye Exercises will personally e-mail the winner an e-book copy (.PDF) version of the book upon winning. So, I will need to have a valid email address in order to contact you upon winning.

In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite/recommended activity that you do while patching. If you don't patch at this time - then please share your connection to Amblyopia (Lazy Eye).

The giveaway ends 1 week from today September 17th (Thursday) at 8pm EST, and the winner picked by random draw.

Good luck & Please share this giveaway with friends and anyone who may be interested/benefit from reading this.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Looking for things to do while patching? Start here.

I recently shared that I'd learned about a new book about Amblyopia - Tammie Taylor's 45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Eye Patch Exercises To Improve Vision for Those Who Suffer From Amblyopia. At the time, I hadn't read it yet but it looked so hopeful and promising to me, I really wanted to read it.

I'm always seeking out beneficial activities that I can do to help pass the seemingly very long hours while my daughter has to wear her eye patch. Her eye doctor has told me to be sure to focus on activities that really "work" her eyes - where she needs to focus and actively look. While watching TV is sometimes recommended, my child isn't sedentary. She may be watching her favorite Hannah Montana television program but she is almost always playing with any of her hundred other toys while the TV is on in the background. Things that I like her to do while patching include: coloring pages, crafts, puzzles, looking at books, and now playing with her new Nintendo DS. Especially since my daughter will now be patching outside of pre-k, I need all the help that I can get and am always looking for other suggested activities.

Well, low and behold - guess what I got to read. And now, I will rave about it.

The book, 45 Lazy Eye Exercises, was written by a mother of a child with Amblyopia - like myself. The author, Tammie Taylor, has taken her years of experience and put together a compilation of 45 activties/exercise (in 70 pages) of beneficial near-sighted activities for children who are patching and need to work on strengthening their "lazy eye". She speaks from experience and includes a wide range of ideas for things to do that are both fun for kids and also helpful.

I read through the book in a single sitting - its definitely easy to read and written in plain everyday language. As I read it I definitely found some activities that we already are doing, and many new ideas. The actitivies suggested in the book are aimed at a pre-k/early elementary school age child and most can be adapted based on your childs interest and ability. For example, some definitely require reading skills - but most do not. I can see myself turning to this book as a resource and "idea" book for rainy days and to help fill the days where my daughter is struggling and giving me a hardtime as the hours on the clock run out for her patch time.

Kudos to Tammie Taylor for putting together such a helpful book for kids with Amblyopia (Lazy Eye).

Who should read this:

  • I suggest it especially to parents who are just starting out with patching, as well as parents like me -- who may have been patching now for several months but feeling like they've hit a wall on things to do.
  • I also think that any teachers who may have children in their class with Amblyopia could benefit from reading this. I've had conversations with my daughter's teacher (this year and last) about what types of learning activities are particularly beneficial for Belle, and this book has so many good ideas.
  • Eye doctors who treat children with Amblyopia. My ophthalmologist gave me a few suggestions about what to do during patching, but most of what I've learned is from info and research that I've taken on by myself. I'd love to share a copy of this with our eye doctor - I'm sure he would approve of it. Also, the book closes with a log sheet that you can reproduce and use to track progress, log hours, and make comments on - with the suggestion to use this sheet as a talking point during eye doctor visits. Yes!
I absolutely recommend parents of children with Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) add this book to their "library" of tools!

Check out the preview available in Google books

Related Links:

Author Blog: 45 Lazy Eye Exercises Blog
Buy it on

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Amblyopia and Preschool

Today was Belle's first day of Preschool. This year, she will be attending a new school. So, it is like starting over again with informing her teacher and the powers-that-be about her Amblyopia and how it will affect things.

Last year, we were lucky to be a part of a district-based lottery preschool. It was in this school that she had her vision screened, and failed. We then received the Amblyopia diagnosis at the eye doctor and began patching her eye "full time". I don't think I will ever forget that first day where she had to patch at school, and how she wanted to hide - she was devastated. Patching at school was very difficult, and my daughter fell alot. But, the teachers and school principal were cooperative and understanding and we put a health plan in place with goals for her. We ended the school year on a positive note.

This year, we switched schools for a variety of reasons and she will be attending a private preschool. She's attending a 4 hour program, 3 days a week and will have 2 days at home with me. I'm looking forward to her being there for more than 2 hours and not having to run around every day to get her too and from school in between getting my son on and off his school bus. It is a win-win situation for us both and I like the program and facilities.

Since she'll be done by 1pm and is now patching just 4 hours a day - I made the decision that she will not be patching at school and she will patch in the afternoon on my time.

I did explain and write out information to her teacher explaining her Amblyopia and how it may effect her. Her safety was at the top of my list, since there are stairs in the school and I know her depth perception is not all that great. The teacher read and understands my concerns and we are going to keep the communication lines open in case anything else pops up.

Belle had a great first day of school and we are looking forward to a successful year of Pre-K!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The "No-Peek" Patch Review

On our search to find a 'perfect' patch for my daughter I noticed a trend - a lot of moms of kids with Amblyopia are quite crafty and many of the eye patch designs were born out of necessity. Well, I am not crafty - so I am thankful and very appreciative of these moms who have shared their eye patch designs and creations with me for Belle to try out and share here at the Amblyopia Kids blog.

Such is the case with these "No-Peek" Patches designed by Jocelyn's mom, Tina. She sells these patches at the Etsy store 2 Daughters and a Mom for just $3 per 2 pack of patches. They come in a wide variety of colors and decorations ranging from gems, glitter, stickers, and fabric. We've had these for a few months now to work into our rotation of patches - as you can see - we have light and dark pink & purple.

The patch is spoon shaped and made of a craft foam, so they are reusable and similar to these no-sew eye patches. For those who don't have the materials, time, or craftiness -these No-Peek patches are an excellent option. The foam patch reminds me a bit of Anissa's Fun Patches with slightly less side coverage. When worn properly the "no-peek" patch is a very low profile, lightweight patch. The foam piece has a punched hole to accomodate the earpiece of your child's glasses and then a small slit that goes over the nosepiece.

NEW ** She does have a style that can be worn with glasses that do not have a nosepiece ***
I just received this new style and will report back soon how they work out with Belle's spare glasses.

Our No-Peek experience:
As with any patch, wearing it properly to prevent peeking and have total occlusion is essential. When the No-Peek patch is right up against Belle's face she isn't able to peek with it. She tries, but mostly fails to defeat it. One word of caution - the lighter colored patches definitely get dirty easier than the darker ones - so though they are reusable, over time they will need replacing (not a big deal since they are very inexpensive). We did have one patch that got torn at the slit for the nosepiece when my daughter tried to take it off by herself. I had already thrown it away but then Tina told me that I probably could have trimmed it and gotten a bit more use out of it. Ah well - we live and learn!

Pictures of the No-Peek Patch

Purchase "No-Peek" Patches at the Etsy store 2 Daughters and a Mom

Saturday, September 5, 2009

New Amblyopia Book: 45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Eye Patch Exercises To Improve Vision

There's a new book on Amblyopia - Tammie Taylor's 45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Eye Patch Exercises To Improve Vision for Those Who Suffer From Amblyopia.

It really looks promising. I haven't read the book yet, but it has been added to my reading list. In the meantime I wanted to share it with all of my readers who may also be interested in picking up a copy.

Check out the preview available in Google books:

Related Links:

New Book Released - 45 Lazy Eye Exercises: Eye Patch Exercises To Improve Vision
Author Blog: 45 Lazy Eye Exercises Blog
E-How: Exercises for a Lazy Eye

The Nintendo DS can be helpful for Amblyopia

They say that the best times to patch are when doing "visually stimulating" activities like doing a puzzle, watching TV, playing video or computer games. I like to encourage my daughter to do arts and crafts, coloring sheets, or play with any of her gazillion toys that have a million tiny pieces that require her to really look and work those eyes.

Now, we can add playing with her very own Nintendo DS to her repertoire of patching activities.

My daughter has pined for a Nintendo DS ever since her older brother got his own. Well, as our luck would have it we were able to get her a very gently used one from a friend - and Pink even. Of course she loves it and wants to play it often. I have decided to use the DS as a motivator for getting through daily eye patch time. And, maybe you should to.


The DS lite uses 2 screens plus a stylus so this is really working on her visual discrimination and hand/eye coordination.

Because it is highly motivating to play on the DS - it is helping pass the long hours of patch time quickly. Talk about a win-win situation.

Right now Belle doesn't have a lot of games but the two "games" she plays most are Smart Girls: Playhouse and Interactive Storybook Series 1 both which are age appropriate for a 4 year old and are rated for "early childhood". I did just recently learn about a DS game specifically geared for "Vision Training" called Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day. I'm intrigued by this but I am not sure that the games would hold her interest or not enough to spend $25 for it. But, should I see it used at the GameStop store, I'd really be tempted to grab it. Why not?

For more info:

FYI - The eyepatch Belle is wearing is a Peek-A-Boo patch which can be purchased on eBay.