The youngsters and their families played games and took a tour of the WindReach Zoo during the afternoon of fun. *Photo supplied
The youngsters and their families played games and took a tour of the WindReach Zoo during the afternoon of fun. *Photo supplied
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: Governor George Fergusson joined dozens of young eye patients and their families at a 'Patch Party' yesterday.

The event was organised by the Bermuda Eye Institute as a reward for the 40 children who receive treatment from the Institute.

The youngsters and their families played games and took a tour of the WindReach Zoo during the afternoon of fun.

Vikki Vaughan-Jones, specialist orthoptist at the Institute, told the Bermuda Sun: "It was a great success and a fantastic opportunity for parents to meet and talk about how they deal with their childrens' conditions.

"The children all have what is called Amblyopia, or one lazy eye, and they have a patch on their strong eye to stimulate the weaker one.

"It is one of the only treatments that relies 100 per cent on the co-operation of the children.

"The youngest child we have is just less than one and the oldest in 12.

"It's the fourth time we have held a Patch Party and the whole purpose is to reward the children for all their hard work during their treatment.

"To have the Governor at the event made it even more special and he obviously had a lot of empathy with the children because he recently lost the sight in one of his eyes."

This year's Patch Party was sponsored by the Charis Foundation.