The Kid Who Makes Eye Patches Cool
When your child is born with health problems, your heart breaks and then you figure out a way to deal with it. Jessica Butler did that and more when her son Scott, now 15 months old, was born with a congenital cataract. The Oregon mom, having to cover her son’s healthy eye, gave him the gift of cool, brightly colored eye patches. The patches, which other kids like, inspired a line of design for kids like Scott.
Scott’s parents originally used skin-colored eye patches for her son, but that wasn’t enough. “If you go out to the grocery store, or something, kids would start saying, ‘Mom, what’s wrong with that kid’s eye? The kid has no eye,’” Butler told Today. So she found fun patches online that attract a better kind of attention from kids. Her “little pirate” as she and her husband call Scott, became the inspiration for Eye Power Kids Wear. The line features tees, sweatshirts and even capes for the brave kids (and their adults) who have eye conditions. We especially love the t-shirt that reads “My glasses give me super powers”.
While Scott has to go to the eye doctor every two months, wear glasses, contact and an eye patch, his parents are making sure he feels he’s just as special as the other kids. When his eyes are fully developed, he can have cataract surgery, but we sure he can already see how amazing his loving parents are.