What is Apple Patty Patches?
Apple Patty Patches is a delightful story about a little girl who loves apples but can't see them well with both of her eyes. Geared towards 3-8 year olds this book will help you explain to your child just what is happening to his or her eyes.
What is amblyopia?
Amblyopia is a common vision imparement that can affect children. Also known as Lazy Eye, it presents itself as a significant decrease in vision clarity in one eye over the other. This can be detrimental to a child's still developing vision. If amblyopia is left untreated, it can lead to permanent blindness.
How is amblyopia treated?
Children with amblyopia have one eye that sees better than the other. They are required to patch their good eye or use vision-impairing eyedrops with the hope of making the not-so-good eye see better. This is known as Occlusion Therapy. While the child is patched, they often do not see well and have difficulty with peripheral vision as well as depth perception.
Only 3 out of 4 amblyopia patients are successful in correcting their vision. Fewer than half of the parents have adequate knowledge on amblyopia, but this is a primary cause of treatment failure.*
*Statistics from Mazow, Malcom, et al., "Outcome Study in Amblyopia Treatment and Practice Pattern Variations." AAPOS Journal, February 2000, V4, No 1. and Newsham, David, "Parental Non-concordance with Occlusion Therapy. "British Journal of Ophthalmology, November 2000, 84:957-962.
How will Apple Patty Patches help children with their occlusion therapy?
This book was designed to be used while your child patches. This book not only has a story that your child will relate to, but this book offers activity pages that you and your child can go through together.
Apple Patty succeeds in her occlusion therapy and your child will too.
What else can I do to help my child's occlusion therapy?
We offer a number of programs aimed at families that can help you further with occlusion therapy:
The Patching with Truffles web application is a free 14-day kickstarter for new patchers and a reboot for experienced patchers! Everyday you and your child can log on and put your patch on at the same time that Truffles puts her eye patch on. You can also do daily challenges together and earn rewards for your Truffles the Kitty Sticker book!More Info
Patching Incentive Program is a service provided by A Child's Eyes in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. PIP provides printable patching worksheets that you and your child can complete together. Once your child completes a worksheet, they can turn it in for a prize!More Info
Patcher's Pack is a themed activity pack to be used by parents of children with Amblyopia. Each pack contains fun activities that your child can do while they're patching!More Info