See Worthy Patches helps coronavirus efforts by donating goggles to healthcare professionals

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Eyepatch company helps in a time of need, donates goggles to local medical establishments

“As the owner of a company who gives back to the community in the form of eye care, this seemed so in line with my mission,” Brattin said.

See Worthy Patches Owner Paige Brattin is making the most out of a tragic situation by providing some relief to healthcare professionals. Her Hawaii-based company creates eye patches for children with abnormal visual development and inherently helps others, especially with eyewear.

Brattin learned from a friend’s Facebook post that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had approved swim goggles for protective eyewear for frontline medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak. With so many hospitals low on supplies, a nurse from Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts asked for goggles:

“I am reaching out to you if you can help. I am a nurse leader at Lawrence General Hospital. I just got off a leadership conference call with updates; we are in desperate need of protective equipment for our nurses and physicians, and the CDC has approved the use of swim goggles,” the post read. “I know many people are looking for ways to help. If there is any possibility for you to reach out to swimmers to donate swim goggles if they have extras this would be greatly appreciative. They do not have to be new; just not cracked, and cleanable.”

Brattin has dozens of goggles around her house -- she swam competitively in college and her oldest daughter is a ranked swimmer in Hawaii-- and knew she needed to spread the word to coaches and those they know in the swim community. She also thought of all the supplies medical professionals need right now, and started a goggles drive on behalf of See Worthy Patches in her community and on Instagram.

“With it being such a trying time for all, I think part of what is hard is feeling like you can’t do much to help,” Brattin said. “I’m glad that I found a way to contribute.”

See Worthy Patches works closely with doctors and vision screening programs, and Brattin was able to confirm that the use of goggles for healthcare professionals was indeed true and she then took the next steps to help her local medical community. She says it isn’t difficult to reach out to local swim coaches at the community or university level, and would love to see her local goggles drive be something more people do in their communities. People can put the word out in their community via social media, acquire, sanitize and disinfect a drop box and donate it to their local medical facility. If someone wants to help but doesn’t have any goggles, they can order from Amazon, ask neighbors, friends, and family -- or simply repost on your social media.

“As the owner of a company who gives back to the community in the form of eye care, this seemed so in line with my mission,” Brattin said.

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About See Worthy Patches

See Worthy Patches was founded in 2015 to provide children with more comfortable, stylish eyewear to protect against abnormal visual development. The Hawaii-based company is dedicated to amblyopia awareness and giving back to early detection vision screening programs. The patch has a new ergonomic shape, innovative, breathable materials and fun to wear designs. For more information on See Worthy Patches, please visit seeworthypatches.com.

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Charisse C Curtis