Why did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?

Why did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?


Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches? The eye patch, that pirates used to wear,
was not a Fashion statement or a cover for a missing eye. In movies, we usually see pirates wearing
eye patches. The first impression these patches make is
a missing eye or a style statement, peculiar to Pirates. But no. It was none of them. It was a clever trick of some of the most
intelligent pirates. A recent study says that the human eye adapts
to light within seconds when coming out from the dark. But it takes almost 25 minutes to become used
to the dark if you’re coming in from bright light. This phenomenon is known as adaptation of
eye or Accomodation. Pirates had to live among light and dark. One minute they are on deck and the next they
need to go below deck. So, some clever ones of them used to cover
one of their eyes. Whenever they had to go into the dark, they
used to shift the eye patch from one eye to the other eye. That eye already being used to darkness, helped
them seeing clearly even in dark. Interesting? Isn’t it?

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