What are Ortopad patches made of? They are made of a mono-stretch, non-woven material that allows the skin to breathe. The adhesive is hypo-allergenic and latex-free, so skin irritation and allergic reactions are rare. The Ortopad is free from rubber, resins or gluten. The patch contains a special black inlay that shields the eye from light.
What size will fit my child best? The Junior size is recommended for the infant and up to 2 years of age, the Medium size is for ages 2 to 4 years, and the Regular size is for children older than 4 years. The patch should cover the entire eye area, from above the brow and down onto the cheekbone. If the patch falls into the bony area of the eye itself, then a larger patch is needed.
How should the patch be put on my child's face? The adhesive patch should be angled so the more narrow part crosses the bridge of the nose and the wider part is on the cheekbone and the bony temple area. Make certain that it adheres well so that there are no "peek holes".
I can't get the patch to stick! The Ortopad has a special "pressure sensitive, hot-melt" adhesive. This means that it requires body heat to activate the adhesive. Before applying the patch, clean and dry the face well, using a soap that is free of oils and lotions, as these will interfere with the patch's ability to stick. Once the patch is applied to the skin, gently press over the adhesive to bring it "up to body temperature", paying special attention to the area where it crosses the nose.
Why does my child need such a large patch? There are several reasons why a patch that covers the entire eye area are necessary:
it keeps the adhesive out of the eyebrow area so that removal of the patch is painless
it is more comfortable, as the patch is further away from the eye allowing the child to open the eye
most importantly, since the eye can be opened, a properly sized patch has a properly sized padded inlay that will provide maximal protection from light
I don't want to buy a box until I try them first. Eye Care and Cure, the exclusive distributor of the Ortopad within the United States, offers free samples to doctors' offices. Contact your child's doctor to request samples.
How much does a box of patches cost? Current prices can be found by selecting a product from our Shop.
What if my order doesn't arrive? Just call us! You can reach us toll-free at 1-866-ORTOPAD (678-6723). We can track your package and advise you as to its whereabouts. If we are not able to track the package (i.e. the package is lost and tracking information does not provide any details), we will reship your purchase.