I first posted this over at Suture for a Living on June 2, 2010.
Recently one of my blog friends mentioned the need for a Latex free eye patch. She has double vision from her myasthenia gravis. She has a Latex allergy. My local stores don’t care any latex free eye patches. The elastic has latex, so the readily available ones won’t work for her. I bought one of the eye patches (less than $2) to use as a pattern. I don’t know her size, but using myself I tried it on and trimmed it until it was “comfortable”. This then became my pattern.
I had some Ultrasuede scraps that I used for the patches which I stiffen with a heavy-weight iron-on backing. To protect her from the elastic, I covered the 1/8 in elastic with 1/4 in double folded bias tape.
I am going to mail her the “pattern” and some extra supplies along with the two finished eye patches. She has mentioned a friend near her that sews. So if she wants more, maybe that friend can make them for her. Especially, if these two don’t fit properly.
If you don’t want to make your own, but would like something other than the basic patch found in most stores try the links found here on the message board of the American Foundation for the Blind.