Kids Eye Gear is all about trying to make wearing patches and glasses fun! Founded in 2013, we are excited to offer a range of practical and colourful visionwear for kids. Adhesive eye patches, fabric eye patches, SpecStoppers ear hooks, and glasses holders are just some of the items we provide.
Kids Eye Gear is based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is a proud Australian-owned family business.
I’m Nicola, the mum behind Kids Eye Gear. Kids Eye Gear was created after our son started patching due to a congenital cataract and subsequent surgery. We wanted to make fun, colourful and practical patches available for other patching families in Australia and now all over the world.
I am passionate about kids’ vision and dedicated to providing functional and fun vision products to help make lives easier for the treatment of vision problems in children.
I hope we can help your child on their patching and glasses wearing journey!
“Kids Eye Gear was created after our son started patching due to a congenital cataract and subsequent surgery. We wanted to make fun, colourful and practical patches available for other patching families in Australia and now all over the world. “
Our story began when our son, Dane, was six months old. A routine trip to the GP resulted in a heart wrenching discovery of ‘something’ in his eye. After an anxious 10 day wait before we could see an ophthalmologist, we received the news that Dane had a congenital cataract in one of his eyes. Faced with the options of letting him go blind or risking surgery followed by years of contact lenses and patching, we made the life changing decision to go ahead with the operation to remove his clouded lens.
Along with regular contact lens insertion and removal – no easy feat in a baby – Dane required many, many hours of patching. His ‘good’ eye was covered with a patch in order to make his ‘bad’ eye switch on and develop good vision. We couldn’t find great patches at an affordable price in Australia so decided to create our own – and so Kids Eye Gear was born.
Fast forward nine years and Dane is now a sports crazy little boy who excels at school and makes us laugh every day. There are certainly still challenges and managing little nuances with his eyesight but on the whole, Dane’s story is overwhelmingly positive. He has check-ups every six months but right now has 6/7.5 (20/25) vision in his ‘bad’ eye (on a good day he will sometimes get to 6/6) and no further complications. This was the absolute best case scenario that we could have hoped for and we are grateful every day.