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Eye patch full time for a month :(
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
My 6 year old needs to patch again. It worked last time, full time but dr. said we could go only at home once school starts. At the appointment today, her vision was so poor! He said we only have a small window (to age 7.5, to use patching. Then she's stuck with crap eyesight.

Drop off at 1st grade is not going to be fun tomorrow. My husband usually takes her but we're both going to go.

Trying to keep this in perspective but I'm feeling so aprehensive for her..

I'll check back in after drop off tomorrow with hopefully a positive report...Haylen
Iocasta responded:
Oh dear. Hopefully, it won't be too rough on her and that it works this time.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Iocasta's response:
Me too! Your profile photo is adorable, BTW...4:30 am here....wide awake! I'm glad the school sells donuts to raise money on Friday..I'm going to need one....H
Iocasta replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Whatever it takes to get through the day. Relax momma, she will be fine. Think of it as character building. It is good to have a little adversity in ones life but I know it is hard to watch, so put on that brave face. ((((HUGS))))

Thanks on picture. It was the one we took on his first day of Kindergarten.
Baby1at35 replied to Iocasta's response:
Awww little sweetheart. I am sure she will be fine. Sometimes other kids surprise you and might make it better for her. She could be the cool kid with a patch
Hang in there Momma.....
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
Mainemommy replied to Baby1at35's response:
You could have her wear sunglasses over it all. there is a boy in 2nd grade who had some sort of bad accident w his eye and he was terrific kid today. they mentioned his determination not to let it bother him
Steph 38 DH 42 DD 9 Asthma eczema and allergies DS 5 Eczema and milk allergy

Backwards in High Heels
tlkittycat1968 responded:
My little brother wore a patch on his eye when he was in kindergarten. We'd put stickers on the patch or my younger brother would draw an eye on the patch.

Once I took my little brother to the local college library and another student noticed the patch and commented that she'd worn one when she was around the same age.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
Back home with pounding head but I think it went well.

DD asked me to talk to her class and the teacher agreed.

Some of the kids know me from being the "Friday Reader" for the Kinder class last year. I have a reputation as being sort of a goofy, silly mom and it served me well today!

I asked them who had been to the eye doctor before and then told them why DD has to have her eye patched. DD was sitting criss-cross applesauce with her head down and her hand over her eye the whole time. It was so sad!

An adorable little boy in her class with a blonde mohawk reached out and rubbed her back when I said that she was scared to go to school. Just the cutest thing!!!!!!

I made a few jokes about stuff people have asked when she's had her patch "Did her eyeball fall out?" Then opened it up for questions. The kids were SO GREAT! All these 6 and 7 year olds showing so much compassion and understanding....I have tears in my eyes!

That being said, she's got PE, lunch and recess to get through. I'm looking at the clock and counting the minutes till I can blast out of here, see her come out of that classroom door and give her a big hug! I think it's ice cream time today, right????

neeru_pdx responded:
poking my nose in - it's important to make sure there is appropriate vision therapy in office and at home happening to make wearing the patch worthwhile. Otherwise it have a very low probability of working.
I don't know her situation, but in many situations patching and vision therapy (working together) can be effective far beyond 7.5 years. Best early, of course, but even adults have been helped. I have found teeanger girls very motivated to do VT so their eyes don't look "funny" ("lazy eye").
Good luck
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to neeru_pdx's response:
Thanks neeru.

She actually doesn't have a lazy eye...different situation. Her eye specialist said patching alone full time should do it.

I can't imagine adding VT to the list of things she fights me on now!

Stephensmom1214 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Poor little sweetie! You're a great momma to go and talk to the class like that. I'm sure everything was just fine today, and hopefully she'll have a great weekend to prepare for a full week with her patch at school.
Patty, Erik, and Stephen (12/14/06)
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Stephensmom1214's response:
We're all BEAT! 8:20 pm and I'm headed to bed!

Thanks for all your kind words. She keeps trying to tell us she had a "terrible day" but then she tells stories of all the fun she had. I hope the next 29 days are easier!

neeru_pdx replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Well good luck with everything. I know it's personal, but I can't help but be curious. As an optometrist, I am not aware of another reason to use a temporary patch on a child other than amblyopia, strabismus, or a tropia (all lumped into "lazy eye" by many people).
phoenix31674 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
If you look online they sell patches with patterns and pictures and such that may be more appealing than whatever they eye doctor gives out. It might make her feel better to pick her own patch.

Good luck.
Me (37), DH (36), DD (4), DS (10/4/10) and a cat
Iocasta replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
The first day was likely the hardest. Each day will likely get easier. Hopefully, the next 29 days will fly by.

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