Genius Dad Turns Daughter’s Eye Patches into Works of Art

posted: 06/26/15
by: Mara Betsch

When Chicago stay-at-home dad Geof Grubb's daughter Layla was born, she had a small cataract in her eye. About 3 in 10,000 children have these cloudy areas in their lenses, which prevent light from getting to the back of the eye and may stop the eye from sending visual information to the brain. In order to prevent this from happening and to strengthen Layla's vision, she's worn a patch for two hours a day since she was 8 months old. Depending on her progress, she might have to continue wearing them until she's 5.

As anyone with a young child might guess, Layla doesn't exactly love wearing the patches, so Geof began adding his own designs to make the daily struggle of getting her to wear them a little easier. "Patching can be frustrating for me as the parent, so this helps make it fun and it keeps me committed to doing it every day," Grubb, 32, told TODAY Parents. "We bought her some plain patches and I thought they were a little depressing so this was my way of making it more fun, especially for me."

Thankfully, Layla's doctor is happy with her progress, and we hope her vision continues to improve. But in the meantime, we've had a blast checking out her dad's incredible works of eye patch art. He's done everything from childhood characters to superheroes to original graphics. We've picked out five of our favorite below, but if you have ideas, you can share them on his Instagram account.

Clever girl #jurassicpark #jurassicworld #laylaspatches #eyepatch

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Skyping with Memaw! #elmo #memaw #sesamestreet #laylaspatches #eyepatch

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Getting her LEGO on! #lego #duplo #laylaspatches #eyepatch

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????? #? #laylaspatches #eyepatch

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Happy Fathers' Day! #fathersday #laylaspatches #eyepatch

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