This scarred red leather eye patch is for the pirate or fighter who wants to show off his or her battle scars! Three jagged scars have been carved into the leather at a diagonal angle, two of them originating at the top of the patch. You can have some fun with makeup if you want corresponding wounds on your face, to complete your pirate costume for the masquerade or Renaissance Fair. The leather was dyed red, and then sponge-painted with mottled brown for a darker look reminiscent of blood.
I make other eye patch designs as well (see the last photo for 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).
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