This is the see-through version of my Radioactive Hazard eye patch. This special handmade leather eye patch is for the post-apocalyptic pirate who hasn’t actually lost an eye but wants to look the part… and see his or her enemies coming!
The Radiation Hazard symbol has been carefully cut out, painted bright yellow on a black background, and then backed with transparent black fabric. The visibility while wearing it is pretty good, considering you’re looking through fabric out smallish holes. Vision is still somewhat limited and a bit shaded, but it gives you a far better range of vision than a standard opaque eye patch.
I also make a solid (non-see-through) version of the Radiation Hazard eye patch, and I make other eye patch designs as well (see the last photo for a few examples).
Please use caution and common sense when wearing an eye patch, as it can cause loss of depth perception and balance (and, of course, you lose a large portion of your range of vision as well). Do not wear a costume eyepatch while driving to the Halloween masquerade (or anywhere else). This is not a medical eyepatch. Please get your doctor's approval if you intend to use this over or in lieu of a medical eye patch.
Mythbusters did a piece about eye patches which showed the probable reason the eye patch is such an iconic wardrobe staple for pirate costumes. It's not because pirates were always losing an eye, but because the eyepatch helped them see better when they had to go from a bright sunny deck to the darkness below decks. They simply switched the patch to their other eye when they went below, so that the eye that had been shielded did not have to adjust to the darkness (which can take up to half an hour).
Of course, the see-through eye patch functions a little differently than the standard pirate eye patch. A savvy customer of mine requested an eye patch that allows better visibility, and this design is one of the results!
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