My daughter has what most commonly know as "lazy eye". She suffers from it. She really hates patching. Years ago now when she was first diagnosed we tried those sticky bandage like patches to cover her eye. It was brutal. I suspect she was allergic to the adhesive backing, and it routinely left her skin raw when it was removed.
I'd searched high and low for alternatives. They are out there! But I couldn't see spending money on something that I could ultimately do myself. I could make them cute, and sort of bribe her into wearing them. Now that she's six it is still a struggle to get her to wear it. After all, who wants their vision blocked. It's not a pleasant experience for her to have to wear it. Bribery, doesn't work so well anymore. Now we set a timer so she can see how much longer she has to leave it on.
Her favorite patch, which I embroidered with Hello Kitty, has now seen lots of wear. I'm searching for another cute idea for a new patch with hopes that the novelty of it will entice her to wear it without complaining. At least for a little while! :)
If you have a patching kid and would like to fashion your own patch but don't know where to start, I'd be happy to share with you the pattern that I use. Just leave a comment and your email address!
UPDATE!: A pattern and tutorial for the eye patch can now be found here. Enjoy!