Thursday, September 27, 2012

Use Code Holiday10 to save 10% at Krafty Eye Patches

Holiday Coupon Code for Krafty Eye Patches

Holiday Kits Have Arrived :) 

Halloween, Christmas & Winter Wonderland
For Girls & Boys

10% off use code HOLIDAY10

If you haven't tried Krafty Eye Patches - check out our review of these fun and non-toxic patches  and fun eye patch kits for kids! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Princess Pretty Patch - This Princess Has a Style All Her Own

Book Review - Princess Pretty Patch by Kerri Green

I'm always on the lookout for quality children's books about vision issues - wearing glasses, patching etc for Belle to read and share.   Princess Pretty Patch by Kerri Green is a new book, available on Lulu for $11 (in paperback version). 

This book is about a princess who discovers that the person she was made to be is the best person of all. It is about loving and accepting who you are, no matter what others think about you.

Belle started 2nd grade recently and is patching a few hours a day at school.  In anticipation of the kids having questions, I asked the teacher if Belle could bring in a couple of books about Patching to keep on hand.  One of the books that Belle brought in to share was this book, Princess Pretty Patch.

When I asked Belle why she selected this particular book to share with her class - she gave two reasons.

1) She likes that it rhymes.   In a family that is a big on Seuss, the fact that it rhymes makes this book fun for her. She said it is best to read it out loud because it rhymes.  Out of the mouth of 7 year olds!  I have to say that the first time I read it aloud to her, I had a hard time with the rhyming and felt it somewhat forced but my daughter would disagree.

2) She said she feels like Princess Patch because she doesn't fit in. At her age, sadly the fitting in - cliques, and 'girl drama' are pretty intense. I know that it is not easy to be in her shoes and wear her patch among her unpatched peers.  

Unlike many of her other books about patching that are more about the "why's and the hows" behind wearing a patch - stories based on seeing blurry, going to a doctor, getting glasses, needing to wear a patch... Princess Pretty Patch is more of a 'fairytale' of sorts with a big message about acceptance, standing out from a crowd, being yourself.   In the story there are 2 kingdoms - a kingdom that Patches and a 'perfect' kingdom that Matches. Princess Pretty Patch of the Patching kingdom doesn't fit in amongst the perfect 'matchy matchy' world.  The story is one of her coming into her own and accepting things as they are, being proud of her patch and being OK with not blending in with the crowd.  What a great message! 

This Princess Has a Style All Her Own

Backcover of Princess Pretty Patch

Because the Best person you can be is Yourself

To see a preview of the book Princess Pretty Patch on lulu:

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Patching Time is Decreased!

Eye Dr. Visit for Belle 9/22/12

Belle has been at 4 hours of patching daily for the past 8 months.  Patching over the summer proved challenging, but we persevered.  I thought it was going to be an issue with patching at school (2 hrs a day at school, and 2 hours after) in the second grade... But, she has been a real trooper.  After being in her new class for a week we started in with patching and she has been extremely cooperative.  After school she battles me to get her hours in, but at school its patch on at 9:15 and then off at 11:15, like clockwork.   We keep her patching at school to in-class only time when they are doing seat-work.  She has a seat up close so she is near the board.

So, off we went to the eye dr this AM for a re-check.

I tend to have a lot of anxiety before these appointments but today both Belle and I were being optomistic. I told her in the car on the way to the dr, that whatever he said about her patching hours that I was so proud of her for how good she has been about wearing it - especially at school.   She, as like always, told me that she hoped today he would tell her that she was done patching.  I told her "we shall see".

I could tell when she was in the chair getting her pre-test that things were going well. She missed very few letters with her 'bad' eye and didn't make attempts to uncover it or scooch forward.  When the doctor came in and did his exam things continued to look good. 

At this time, we are backing off from patching.   We are going down to 2 hours a day. Yes!

In the past, when we have dropped patching we have done OK and then regressed again.  The doctor mentioned that after our next visit in 3 months (end of December) she may be in a place where we could stop patching again. 

In the meantime, we will take the 2 hours for a win! 

This is the first time in forever that we will be at the 'recommended' 2 hour patching time per day.   Belle has patched on and off for over 3 years now. 

I hope and pray someday she beats this!  Maybe the end is in sight... I hope!

Recommended reading: 
NEI  - amblyopia treatment study showing 2 hours of patching just as effective as 6 hours for moderate Amblyopia

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Innovative new electronic glasses designed to treat amblyopia in children

Amblyz from Xpand 3D

Treating Amblyopia with Electronic Glasses

This has got to be one of the neatest things and best news that I have read for children with Amblyopia!  A new way to treat Amblyopia using electronic glasses.  The patch could be a thing of the past! 

The glasses, named Amblyz, were developed by Xpand 3D and designed by Gigodesign to treat Amblyopia in children.  Amblyz glasses look similar to prescription sports goggles. The glasses then uses an electronic liquid crystal shuttering device that is programmable so that the glasses intermittently occlude the eye. The lens will alternate in between being opaque vs transparent, essentially like an electronic shade. Amblyz glasses  are rechargeable (can be done at night when the child isn't wearing them) and come with a charging cable. 

It's been a long time coming for Amblyz of which the prototype was developed in 2004.  Clinical trials and studies have been completed overseas (in the Middle East).  You can find info on the trials, research and development on the Amblyz site including links to the studies.

I want Amblyz for my child... When can I get these? 
Amblyz will be available in the US in December 2012 via select Opthalmologists and Opticians. 

How much do Amblyz cost?
They will be priced around $500  which includes a guarantee against breakage

What do you think? Would you  use these instead of patching?

Here are my initial thoughts on Amblyz. Or perhaps... my Questions about Amblyz
  • Will other colors or styles be available?
  • Will they come in different sizes?
  • How comfortable are these?
  • Durability?
  • Safety?
  • Is there a way to turn off the electronic shuttering when clear lenses are needed?
  • Will insurance cover these frames?
I think the concept of Amblyz is spot-on and love the idea!  My daughter hates patching and would do anything to not have to patch.  However, I think my daughter might not like the styling of these at her age though it would be easier for younger kids.  The Xpand website shows a single color/style choice (white and orange) - a range in colors would be nice. It also mentions an adjustable nosepiece but I wonder about the fit and comfort of them vs standard glasses that can be fitted and adjusted in so many ways.  Sizing is also a question/concern as they say they are for kids ages 3-10 years of age, that is quite a size range so I'd like to know if different sizes will be available. Of course, I wonder how comfortable are these to wear?  There is a page for Safety info on the Amblyz webpage that at this time says coming soon... Safety, of course is a concern.  One reason why we use the eye patch vs the eye drops (atropine) is that the eye patch is more controllable. I can choose and monitor exactly when my child is patching. I can also remove the patch when she needs the use of 2 eyes for safety reason - for example, during sports, phys ed, playground etc.  I suppose with these Amblyz you would just remove the glasses and switch to a separate pair during those times that occlusion would be a risk.  At around $500 I would also want to know about the durability of these, I am pleased to see they will come with a guarantee as that is quite an investment. I'm reminding myself as I complain about the cost/price that  Glasses are so expensive but good vision is priceless.  

So many questions... but I'm definitely going to do more research about these.

I would love to know what YOU think... Would you get these for your child???? What questions do you have?

Related Links
Xpand 3D - Amblyz website 
GigoDesign: The World's first electronic glasses for Amblyopia Treatment
No more eye patches - Kids with Amblyopia wear cool electronic glasses instead
HEALIO OPTOMETRY:Xpand launches electronic spectacles to combat amblyopia

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back to school coupon codes Krafty Eye Patches

Back to school coupon codes Krafty Eye Patches

Are you ready to go back to school? 

Have you stocked up on eye-patches?   

Remember:  If your child is patching at school, you will want to send patches into the school nurse or their classroom teacher. Last year I underestimated the number of adhesive patches my daughter could go through during the school day - account for gym time, art class, recess, and just plain 'being a kid'.  

Krafty Eye Patches has 2 Great Back to School Coupon Codes for use on their website (
  • 15% Off All Deluxe, Super & Ultimate kits    Coupon Code: Deluxe15 
  • 10% Off all other products                       Coupon Code: School10  

Coupons can't be combined... However if you purchase 5 boxes of patches you will get the bulk discount and can apply School10 coupon

Krafty Eye Patches are now also available  in  Wal-Mart vision centers (TX & OH only)

Don't live in Tx or Ohio also available at boxes of 20 patches ship for .97 cents to your home from Wal-Mart or they will ship them to your local store for free pick-up

If you haven't tried Krafty Eye Patches - check out our review of these fun and non-toxic patches  and fun eye patch kits for kids!