Sunday, February 26, 2012
Pirates wore eyepatches, but not necessarily because they had lost an eye. (Pirates had no more risk of losing an eye than anyone else.) They wore them largely because when they were boarding enemy ships, pirates had to go quickly from fighting in daylight above deck, to fighting in darkness below. Rather than wait for their eyes to readjust (during which time they would likely get skewered), they would quickly move the eyepatch from one eye to the other and, presto, their newly-uncovered eye would already be accustomed to the dark.