Pumpkin Patch Project is a community event where families help spread awareness for amblyopia and vision impairment in children by patching a pumpkin during October. While trick or treat can be so much fun, it can also be intimidating for children that have difficulty seeing things.
Children with amblyopia have one eye that sees better than the other. They are required to patch their good eye or use vision-impairing eyedrops with the hope of making the not-so-good eye see better. While the child is patched, they often do not see well and have difficulty with peripheral vision as well as depth perception.
Here are some more facts about amblyopia:
Parents can help spread awareness by patching one of the eyes of their jack-o'-lanterns. Parents can then place that pumpkin on their porch so trick or treaters with amblyopia and other types of low vision will recognize your home as a “scary free zone.”
Please avoid jumping out or surprising these little ones. You can also assist them by making sure your porch is well lit.
You can also download and print these resources:
You can use our Nomination Form to request sample patches.
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