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Eye patches fact sheet

Eye patches

Eye patches are used to treat some eye conditions or after eye surgery to protect the eye while it heals.  Below is some information about the various types of eye patches available. These are suggestions only and you are welcome to source your own.

Orthoptic eye patches

These are adhesive eye patches that stick to the skin. They’re available at selected chemists or online. They can come in a variety of colours, designs and sizes.

Material patches for glasses

These are material patches that fit over glasses frames. They can be purchased online from a variety of websites.

Homemade orthoptic eye patches

You can make your own eyepatch with materials readily available at most chemists. Please see the instructions below.

Materials

  • Roll of Hypafix or Fixomull or Microfoam bandage (5cm wide)
  • Cardboard template of patch (see right)

Method

  1. Place the cardboard template on the Hypafix (or other) and trace around it. Cut out traced patch with scissors.
  2. Cut another piece of bandage smaller in size, but the same shape as the patch template.
  3. Decorate front of the larger patch if desired.
    Asking your child to decorate the patch can sometimes improve compliance with wearing patch.
  4. Peel backing off each to expose adhesive surfaces and press the smaller cut-out into centre (adhesive surfaces facing one another).
  5. Apply the patch to the eye as previously directed by Ophthalmologist or Orthoptist.

Contact us

Outpatients – Ophthalmology (2d)
Level 2, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t  07 3068 2630  |  07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)
e CHQ_2Dorthoptist@health.qld.gov.au

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource no. FS314. Developed by the Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department. Updated: May 2016.
All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.

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