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Frequently Asked Questions


Does 3M™ Opticlude™ Eye patch contain natural rubber latex?
There is no natural rubber latex in the product or packaging.

How can I encourage my child to wear a patch?
Please refer to the Engaging Your Child section.

What is the Opticlude eye patch made of?
The Opticlude eye patch comprises a breathable backing tape, a non-adherent pad and a very gentle adhesive.

Can I use an Opticlude eye patch more than once?
No. The Opticlude eye patch is a single-use product.

How do I apply the Opticlude eye patch?

  1. The Opticlude eye patch should be applied to a clean dry area with the eye closed and face muscles relaxed
  2. Remove the protective paper and apply the pad below the eye-brow and ensure the narrow end of the pad is positioned towards the nose
  3. The eye needs to stay closed so the whole eye area can be covered
  4. Gently press the pad in place to ensure that the adhesive part of the pad is in contact with the skin
  5. The pad should be changed according to prescribed recommendation.

I find it hard to remove the patch without hurting my child, how should I remove the patch?
If the patch is only worn for a few hours a day it may be more difficult to remove than if left on for a longer period of time. The reason for this is the slow decrease in adhesion of the patch which occurs over time. If the patch needs to be removed after only a few hours, wet the patch with a damp cloth and then slowly peel back horizontally to the skin in the direction of hair growth. To avoid any redness around the eyes, you can consider using 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film (Please ask your GP or Orthoptist for more information).

Is it safe to dispose of the Opticlude eye patch as normal household rubbish?
Yes. The patch is perfectly safe to dispose of as normal household rubbish.

How long can my child wear the patch for?
Your orthoptist will advise the patch wear time appropriate for your child’s treatment.

What happens if my child has a reaction to the patch?
Although the patch is made from hypo-allergenic and latex-free materials, in the event of a skin reaction remove the patch and contact your GP or Orthoptist for advice.

What materials are safe to decorate the patch with?
Please refer to the section Engaging Your Child Engaging Your Child.

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