Ever since the boy has been in glasses we have been patching him. His left eye is much weaker than his right, and so we must work it to make it stronger. Especially as we would like to do all that we can to avoid eye surgery. Now, when we first started, we used those adhesive eye patches. Are you familiar with those? Yeah, it's pretty much like a band-aid...that we had to put on and rip off every day. Over the eye of our then four year old. It wasn't pretty, and it left its mark in broken blood vessels. Poor guy. Thankfully, our eye doctor then showed us a cheap and easy way to make one out of craft foam that fits over the glasses. Joy!
Can you see the joy? Can you see how much the boy loves his patch? Okay, he really was happy with the foam patch until recently. It is by far much more comfortable than the adhesive one, but its lacks luster. It lacks oomph. It lacks any sort of super heroic vibe. Even if your big sister does draws an eye on it.
Then? The Discovery was made. In the form of this tutorial from LucyKate Crafts. A light-bulb went off! I can sew! I can sew a patch! I can sew a patch to end all patches! And there will be much rejoicing and dancing in the streets! And all will be well with the world!
That was about a year ago. It wasn't until the last visit to the eye doctor when I had to admit that we were non-compliant with our patching efforts. We had succumb to the lack-lusterness of the foam patch, and kept forgetting to use it. Thankfully, however, his eye had actually improved anyway. But we were told that we need to keep patching him indefinitely. Which reminded me of the 'Discovery', and away to the fabric store went I to hunt and gather.
Obviously, I was not going to be making the exact same patch as the tutorial...I didn't think my six year old boy would appreciate wearing a pink flower on his eye for 1-2 hours a day. Instead I thought I would be clever and make a super hero inspired patch, as he and the husband have been muchly into super heroes as of late. I decided to make the eye of one of the many super heroes he had made up, Fire Spider!! Knowing that he was slightly related to Spiderman, I made it according to what I envisioned it as...the boy was in bed for the night.
I think he likes it.
Although he did tell me that Fire Spider is not actually a super hero, but a super villain. In his words, 'He's eviler than Joker and he's more agiler than Spidey and he has the power of fire. And the only one who can defeat him is God. And, he has the power that Spidey has.'
So, look out! Here comes Fire Spider! Occlusion therapy never looked so good!