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Ellensburg mom turns "doodles" into business to help children

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- A local mom's drawings have turned into a business and now she's helping children cope with vision problems nationwide.

Julia's worn an eye patch her whole life, it makes her weak eye work to get stronger. She's an outgoing and friendly six year old, her mom made sure of it.

"One of the things that I really felt was important in doing this for Julia was to have people make eye contact for her," said Annie Agars, artist, Eye Doodles.

The patch that Julia wears to correct her vision is a plain band-aid material. So, Annie would draw on the patches to make them more friendly looking. She has a bachelors degree in fine art and has been drawing since she was young.

"And so I started doing little drawings on them and her eye doctors and people that would see her would say, oh my gosh that's so great you should do something with that. So we started making stickers," said Agars.

The eye-doodle stickers have kid friendly designs for girls and boys. As Julia demonstrates they're easy to use.

"And you try to peel it off," said Julia.

Annie said her business is for a niche market, but there is a demand. She recently started selling the eye-patch stickers nationwide via her Web site. 

"And then you just put it on like that!" said Julia.

"About five percent of kids have some form of eye disorder that requires patching, so it's about nine-million kids in the US that patch," said Agars.

So far, Annie's created 120 designs, but she's working towards 365, one for everyday of the year. You can check out all of her stickers on her Web site: www.eye-doodle.com  

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