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Create Amblyopia Awareness this August

August is Amblyopia Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity to promote eye tests for every child.

Good vision is vital to a child’s education, physical and social development, and vision screening is particularly useful in detecting amblyopia, which affects about one in every 50 Australian children.1

Patching is a technique that is commonly used to treat amblyopia and according to an online study, Little Aussie Eyes Report, while parents are often shocked and surprised by a diagnosis that requires regular patching, the majority (95%) accepted the need to patch and 75% said they were happy to do so in public. For children, acceptance was split with half of the parents reporting their kids hated it while the other half reporting they didn’t mind.

Start a conversation about Amblyopia and kids vision testing, share our social media posts on Facebook and Instagram

According to the study, parents found the greatest challenge in patching was getting their child to wear the patches (65%). Forty-three per cent of parents said it was difficult to find affordable patches; 30% found it a challenge to find a patch to suit their child’s skin; and 30% said finding time for patching was difficult.

The online study, Little Aussie Eyes Report, was conducted by Senior Research Analyst and founder of Kids Eye Gear, Nicola Rivett. Kids Eye Gear produces a range of colourful and fun adhesive and fabric orthoptic eye patches for children, along with interactive patching reward charts, SpecStoppers ear hooks and Blinx eyewear charms.

Ms Rivett, who has experienced the struggle of patching her own son, who was diagnosed with rare condition aged six months, encouraged optometrists to get on board with Amblyopia Week.

“Start a conversation about Amblyopia and kids vision testing, share our social media posts on Facebook and Instagram… together we can raise awareness of amblyopia and childhood eye conditions and ensure no child needlessly goes blind,” she said.

Vote Nicole Rivett: Mumprenuer of the Year

Ms Rivett is a finalist in the Australian 2021 mumpreneur awards as well as the People’s Choice Awards for eCommerce Store, and Making a Difference (Business) Award. You can vote for her here. We wish her all the best!

Visit: kidseyegear.com.au

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