Frequently asked questions
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What size Kay Fun Patch should we choose?
We stock fabric eye patches for babies, children and adults from Kay Fun. You can see our size guide here.
What size of eye plaster should I use?
Our eye plasters, V4K Eye Patches, come in two sizes: Small (0-4 years) and Large (4+ years).
The sizes are for guidance purposes only, as all children are different, and because it varies how large a part of the area around the eye needs covering. Many people think that it is easier to cover an eye with a large eye plaster on smaller children, for example.
The sizes of the eye plasters are:
Small (0-4 years): length 53 mm and width 75 mm
Large (4+ years): length 56 mm and width 80 mm
How do you use an eye plaster?
The skin around the eye where the eye plaster is to be applied should be clean and dry. Remove the protective backing on the eye plaster and then close both eyes and relax the face. The eye plaster is affixed to the eye that is not being trained. The narrow end of the eye plaster should face towards the nose, as illustrated in the picture. For optimal comfort, the eye plaster should cover the eyebrow.
Eye plasters should only be used upon agreement with your ophthalmologist/orthoptist. Only wear the eye plaster for the number of hours which your ophthalmologist/ orthoptist has instructed you to do.
Children may only use them under adult supervision.
You should stop using the eye plaster if the skin starts to become irritated and contact your ophthalmologist/orthoptist regarding an alternative covering for the eye.
What is the best way to remove an eye plaster?
To remove an eye plaster, you should carefully loosen the end of the plaster next to the bridge of the nose. Then loosen the plaster along the edge while holding one finger against the skin in order to pull it away from the skin as gently as possible.
Tip: One way to prevent the eye plaster from sticking too firmly to the child’s skin is to stick the plaster once to your trousers or your arm before applying it to the child’s skin. That way, the plaster has lost a little of its stickiness before use, which can make it easier to remove.
Stop using the product if you notice skin irritation and contact your ophthalmologist/ orthoptist regarding an alternative covering for the eye, for example a fabric eye patch.
What if the skin starts to get irritated?
The skin around the eyes is sensitive. Some children experience redness and skin irritation when they start using the eye plasters. For some, an ‘acclimatisation period’ for the skin is required. For others, it may be necessary to use an alternative to eye plasters for a period (e.g. a fabric eye patch). Talk to your ophthalmologist/orthoptist if you are having a problem with irritated skin.
Ideas that may help overcome the challenge of skin irritation (From MYI Eye Patches):
One way to prevent the eye plaster from sticking too firmly to the child’s skin is to stick the plaster once to your forearm before applying it to the child’s skin. That way, the plaster has lost a little of its stickiness before use, which can make it easier to remove.
Before affixing the eye plaster, you can apply a thin layer of E-vitamin cream without perfume or parabens around the eye in the spot where the adhesive from the plaster will stick. Take care that your child does not rub it in their eyes! Allow it to dry completely before affixing the plaster.
If there is a specific area or spot that is tender, in some cases it may be possible to cut a little around the edge of the eye plaster so that it doesn’t stick onto the irritated area, which can provide some relief to the skin.
To give the skin some relief you can also vary the use of eye plasters so that the narrowest side of the plaster faces towards the nose one day and, on the next, allow the wide end of the plaster to face the nose. This enables some variation in what part of the skin is exposed to the adhesive.
To remove the eye plaster, some parents have good experiences with applying Vaseline or baby oil to the edge of the plaster first and letting it sit for 15 minutes before carefully loosening the plaster a little at a time. This should dissolve some of the adhesive.
Make sure that the eye plaster is big enough. If the plaster is too small, it will get too close to the sensitive area closest to the eye. For example, some people find that it works best to use the larger sized eye plasters for smaller children.
Different brands of eye plasters use different types of adhesive. If you have no luck getting one brand to work, it may help to try switching brands.
Contact your ophthalmologist/orthoptist if the irritation continues and speak with them about the possibility of supplementing the treatment with a fabric eye patch.
Should my child wear glasses while they are vision training with a plaster?
Yes. The glasses can be worn over the eye plaster. Never affix the eye plaster to the outside of the glasses. This is because the eye plaster does not sit close enough against the skin, so the eye is not completely covered, which is necessary for effective vision training.
How do I encourage my child to wear their eye plaster?
You can find a number of suggestions as to how you can encourage your child to wear their eye plaster on the page ‘Getting started’.
What type of patch should I choose?
It is important when vision training to completely cover the eye that requires training. Eye plasters are generally regarded as being the most effective method for achieving this, as it is not possible for the child to peek around the side of the eye plaster. Fabric eye patches for glasses can be a necessary alternative for some children. Here, you just need to be sure that it sits right up close to the eye so no light whatsoever can come in from the side, and that the child is not ‘sneaking a peek’.
Pirate-style fabric patches with elastic around the head are the least preferred type. They are not effective because they don’t usually sit tight enough against the child’s face to block out all light and because the child can easily move them to one side.
IMPORTANT! Make sure you talk to your ophthalmologist/orthoptist about which type of covering you should use.