When I was a young child, I was diagnosed with having a lazy eye. I was in grade one when they first discovered this as my grade one teacher originally suspected that I might have had epilepsy. I couldn’t see the chalkboard and I would squint and widen my eyes in a unique manner that had her concerned. I was sent down to Sick Kids Hospital where they assessed me with the outcome of having amblyopia (a lazy eye).
The treatment required me wearing an eye patch for many hours during the day, including during school hours. This had me very upset as I knew that I would be teased. I remember my Mom trying desperately to convince me that everything would be ok and that I had nothing to worry about. Her incentive for me to wear the eye patches was to give me the opportunity to choose a sticker to put on my patch and that way I could change the topic away from the patch towards the sticker. It was a brilliant parenting distraction because to this day, I can still remember the excitement that I felt each day when I was offered a new sticker for my eye patch. The stickers were from a sheet of Richard Scary stickers and I remember my favourite being the cat, which is ironic as I’m honestly not a huge fan of cats now.
Another part of wearing the eye patch that I dreaded every single day was the removal of it, which was ironic in that all I wanted was for the patch to come off! It HURT a lot! I have extremely sensitive skin that reacts to even the most gentle changes, including an adhesive. The eye area is a particularly sensitive area as the skin is naturally quite delicate around the eyes. I am so grateful to learn that this day in age, children who have Amblyopia or a Lazy Eye have different eye patch options if a patch is part of their treatment.
Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Eye Patches (available in a junior size) were clinically designed for that extra sensitive skin around the eye. A central non-adherent pad prevents eye secretions from sticking. The product is ideal for treating amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) as part of your doctor recommended treatment.
Part of the reason why my skin would react was because my Mom taped my eye patch on because the adhesive wasn’t strong enough to adhere for the length of time that was requested by the doctor. The Nexcare Eye Patches don’t have that problem, but for other medical situations, it is important to take note that Nexcare also makes a Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Tape. This tape is clinically designed for fragile or sensitive skin; ideal for use on infants. It features a constant adhesive strength for as long as it’s left in place, unlike traditional tape that increases adhesion over time.
Benefits to Nexcare Eye Patches:
- Constant adhesive strength for as long as it’s left in place, unlike traditional adhesive eye patches that increases adhesion over time
- Clean removal and minimal hair pulling
- Patented paper blend backing for breathability
- Repositionable and water resistant
- Hypoallergenic and latex free
[Nexcare product information provided directly from Nexcare]
The Nexcare Sensitive Skin products can be purchased online at Amazon.ca or in participating stores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobey’s, Jean Coutu, Overwaitea, London Drugs, Rexall
This post has been brought to you by Nexcare Canada. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.