However, over the past year or so the Ortopad patches appear to have undergone some changes in the product and added to their line of eye patches. At the urging of several Amblyopia Kids facebook fans, I tried Ortopad again. I especially liked that all of the patches are hypoallergenic, use a latex free adhesive, and come individually sealed.
The regular Ortopad patches come in patterns (boys, girls, and gender neutral "fun packs) as well as white or beige. These patches are great for kids to decorate or if you want something discrete and not real attention-grabbing. Over the summer I sent out patches for friends to decorate (pictures coming soon) and it was the white Ortopads that we used.
They also have a new patch called Ortopad Elite, which has "slits" near the nose part of the patch allowing it to fit well under glasses and making it more breathable. Both their regular patches and the Elite patches come in "girls" or "boys" patterns but the girls elite pack designs have glitter in them. The patches come in 3 sizes - junior, medium, and regular - the regular are for ages 4 and up so that is the size that we use. They are sold in packs of 50 at http://www.ortopadusa.com/ with the regular patches at $17 a box and elite at $18 a box. The elite are worth the extra $1!
My daughter likes some of the patterns and colors in the regular line "girl" box better but I have definitely found that the elite to be preferable in terms of performance (especially over the hot summer). The nose slits allow her glasses to sit where they need to sit and not slide down, they are breathable, and the larger coverage is a plus! So, I was thinking... if only they would just offer the colors from the "regular" patches in the "elite" shape, we'd be really happy!
Well - sure enough...When I went onto Ortopad's site after receiving a coupon code I found this exciting announcement:
COMING SOON! Due to an overwhelming response to the new shape on our Ortopad® Elite patches, all Ortopad® patches will have a new shape, featuring the slits in the nose area to allow for a better fit! Stay tuned...the website will be updated as the new shape is available.