Let's be real for a minute mamas. Patching is NOT fun. In no way, shape or form is it enjoyable for our kids to cover an eye and get about their day.
I wore an ugly black patch when I was a kid and then had to patch my son Dane for 5 years – so I feel like I can speak with some authority on this. Some days are easy and many days are hard – but if we stick with it, patching can usually help our child’s vision. And if we can be prepared with lots of fun activities it will help make the patching time go that little bit smoother, hopefully distracting them from their patch for a little bit of time.
While the use of screens is seen by many professionals as a great addition to eye therapy, I wanted to compile a list of non-screen activities to give you some thought starters. Even better, these are normal regular activities, that the whole family can enjoy. These activities are most suited for kids aged 3 and over. I’ll work on activities for babies and toddlers (I’ll have to cast my mind back a bit) and then a list of some great screen activities.
A big tip for you here is to try to keep the games/patching therapies that your child really loves as special ones for them, that they must wear their patch for.