Monday, March 1, 2010

Is your child a member of The Eye Patch Club?

The Eye Patch Club is a support network and patching "club" for kids with amblyopia.
We have been members of The Eye Patch club for several months since my daughter has Amblyopia and has worn an eye patch now for a year. When you join the club, you will receive a packet in the mail with a few pages for parents to complete and send back to Prevent Blindness America should you want to share a picture or sign your child up to receive a birthday card. There is also a calendar to keep track of your child's patching and encourage patching compliance.

Membership in the Eye Patch Club is $12.95 an in addition to the membership kit, newsletter, sticker and calendar it includes access to members only content on the Prevent Blindness America website. The members only area includes printable coloring pages, a printable classroom curriculum (appropriate for older children), parent tips, and features like a "meet the members/member of the month" section. Your child can also receive a birthday card from the club - My daughter recently turned 5 and received a birthday card in the mail from The Eye Patch Club. It was exciting for her to receive something in the mail and it is reassuring for her to go on the website (with adult supervision) to see pictures of other children who wear an eye patch like herself.

The Prevent Blindness America site also offers an amblyopia discussion forum. This forum is an amazing resource for parents and is FREE to access. On the forum, parents can discuss their child's progress, ask questions of other parents and receive moral support. This is particularly helpful during the early months of patching and for parents of children who have recently been diagnosed with Amblyopia.

Join the Eye Patch Club - Order Online - Only $12.95 plus shipping. For more ordering options, call 1-800-331-2020

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