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Dec. 18, 1962
c, L, BOWMAN
3,068,863
PROTECTIVE DEVICES
Filed Nov. 19, 1959
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INVENTOR
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Charles L. Bowman.
ATTORNEY
United States Patent
3,068,863
Patented Dec. 18, 1962
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has a layer 12 of pressure sensitive adhesive or glue which
3,068,863
PROTECTIVE DEVICES
Charles L. Bowman, 4520 Cherokee Trail, Dallas, Tex.
Filed Nov. 19, 1959, Ser. No. 854,081
2 Claims. (Cl. 128—132)
This invention relates to protective devices and more
particularly to a patch attachable to the face and eyelid
of the wearer to protect the eye.
An object of this invention is to provide a new and im
proved protective device for the human eye.
Another object is to provide an eye patch which pre
vents the access of light to the eye of the wearer.
will adhere to the human skin. The protective patch 11
is irregularly ‘shaped having an upper peripheral convex
edge 15 which is substantially an arc of a circle.
An
outer peripheral edge 16 is also convex in con?guration
describing an arc of larger radius than the radius of the
are describing the upper edge. The bottom peripheral
convex edge 17 describes an arc of smaller radius than
the radii of the arcs described by the upper, and outer
10 edges and extends from the outer edge to the concave inner
peripheral edge 18 which extends to the inner end of the
upper edge 15 to form a nose tab 20.
The patch 11 having this particular con?guration is
adapted to engage the face of the wearer in a continuous
Still another object is to provide an eye patch detach
ably securable to the eyelid and surrounding portions of 15 smooth manner all around the eye with the nose tab
bending angularly outwardly at the point of its engage
the face of the wearer to keep the eyelid in closed posi
ment with the vside of the bridge of the nose of the wearer.
tion and prevent access of light to the eye.
An eyelash strip 22 is secured to the patch 11, due to
A further object is to provide an eye patch having a
its contact with the adhesive layer 12, and is so posi
con?guration conforming to the contours of the human
face about the eye and having an adhesive substance along 20 tioned that when the piece 11 is secured to the face of the
wearer, the eyelash strip 22 covers the eyelashes of the
at least its peripheral edges whereby the peripheral edge
wearer whereby the eyelashes are protected from con
portions of the eye patch are continuously attachable to
tact with the adhesive layer. It will be apparent that the
the face to prevent passage of light to the eye.
eyelash strip 22 extends between the convex and concave
A still further object is to provide an eye patch con
forming to the con?guration of the face of the wearer 25 side edges 16 and 18 of the piece -11 and is disposed be
tween the upper and lower edges 15 and 17, respectively.
about the eye and having a pressure sensitive adhesive
The eye patch 11 may be provided with protective
layer for vattaching the eye patch to the eye and prevent
strips 25 and 26. The protective strip 26 has an out
ing access of light thereto.
wardly turned tab portion ‘27 which is overlain by the
Another object is to provide an eye patch having an
upper convex peripheral edge, a convex peripheral outer 30 inner edge or tab portion 28 of the protective strip 26
when the strips are in their closed relationship as illus
edge extending from one end of the ‘upper peripheral edge
trated in FIGURES 3 and 4 whereby eye patches may
of the eye patch and to a bottom convex peripheral edge
be easily stored in plastic envelopes, receptacles or- the
and a concave peripheral inner edge extending from the
like for storage and sale.
other end of the upper convex peripheral edge and merg
The eye patch 11a shown in FIGURE 6 is exactly
ing with the convex bottom edge to form a nose tab 35
similar to the eye patch 11 except that in order to pro
securable to the side of the bridge of the nose adjacent .
tect the eyelashes, the adhesive layer 12a is provided,
the eye whereby the eye patch is securable to the face of
instead of with the eyelash strip 22, with a slot or open
the wearer in a continuous manner about its peripheral
ing 40 ‘therein so that the eyelashes of the person wear
edge portions to prevent access of light to the eye.
Another object is to provide an eye patch having an 40 ing the eye patch 11a will be in alignment with the slot
adhesive layer on one side thereof and having a protective _. » 40 and will contact the inner surface of the eye patch
11a instead of the adhesive layer. The eye patch 11a
strip preventing contact of the eyelashes of the wearer
of course is the mirror image of th eye piece 10 so that
with the adhesive substance.
it is usable with the right eye whereas the eye patch 10
A still further object is to provide an eye patch having
an adhesive layer for securing peripheral edge portions 45 is usable on the left eye. It will of course be apparent
that either the left eye or right eye patch may be pro
of the patch to the face of the wearer adjacent the eye, a
vided alternatively either with the eyelash strip 22 or
portion of the eye patch being free of said adhesive sub
with the slot 49 in the adhesive layer of the eye patch.
stance whereby the eyelashes of the wearer will not .con
tact the adhesive substance.
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It will now be seen that the eye patch assembly 10
Additional objects and advantages of the invention will 50 may be prepared for use by grasping the two tab portions
27 and 28 of the protective strips 25 and 26 and pulling
be ‘readily apparent from the reading of the following
them in opposite directions to expose the eyelash protector
description of a device constructed in ‘accordance with
strip 22 and the adhesive layer 12 of the eye patch 11.
the invention, and reference to the accompanying draw
ings thereof, wherein:
The eye patch is then placed over the eye in the manner
FIGURE 1 is a front view of a person wearing the eye 55 illustrated in FIGURE 1 wherein the upper edge portions
patch embodying the invention;
thereof overlie the eyelid of the wearer and the portions
of the face of the wearer immediately below the eye
brow. The nose tab 20 is then bent outwardly to con
sembly showing protective cover strips of the eye patch
in partly open position;
tact the side of the bridge of the nose of the wearer
FIGURE 3 is a top plan view of the eye patch assembly 60 while the side and bottom edge portions contact the face
of the wearer on opposite sides of and below the eye.
embodying the invention;
Since the adhesive layer extends continuously about the
FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4-~4 of
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of an eye patch as
FIGURE 3;
FIGURE 5 is a top plan view of an eye patch adapted
eyelash protective strip 22, peripheral edge portions of
the adhesive layer 12 continuously contact the face of the
to be secured to the face to protect the left eye of a 65 wearer about the eye while the portions thereof imme
wearer; and,
FIGURE 6 is a view similar to FIGURE 5 showing a
modi?ed form of the eye patch for protecting the right
diately above the eyelash strip 22 contact the upper por
tion of the eyelid of the wearer.
In this manner, the
eyelid is kept in closed position and the adhesive layer
prevents access of light .to the eye along all peripheral
Referring now to the drawings, the eye patch 10 as 70 edges of the patch 11 which may be substantially opaque,
if desired. As a result, no light can reach the eye. The
sembly includes a protective patch 11, which may be of a
eye of the wearer.
fabric or plastic ?esh colored substance, whose inner side
eyelash strip 22 overlies the eyelashes and prevents the
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eyelashes from coming into contact with the adhesive
strip whereby when the piece 11 is removed from the eye,
It will now be seen that the eye patch is of such con
?guration that it will contact the face of the wearer in
a continuous manner about the eye.
It will further be seen "that instead of two pro
there is no pain or loss of eyelashes.
It will’ now be seen that the eye patch is made of
a somewhat opaquesubstance, such as a fabric or a
plastic substance which may be suitably colored, hav
ing one side provided with a layer of adhesive whereby
the patch may be secured to the face of the wearer with
peripheral continuous . edge portions of the adhesive
layerbeingin contact with the face of the wearer where
by no gaps or openings will exist between the face of
the wearer and the patch through which alight might
reach the eye.
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tective strips 25 and 26 provided with the tab portions
27 and 28, a single protective layer might be employed
to. protect the adhesive layer and the eyelash strip prior
to the use of the eye patch.
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The foregoing’ description of the invention is explana
tory only, and changes in the details of the construc
tion illustrated may be made by those skilled in the art,
within the scope of the appended claims, without depart
ing from the spirit of the invention.
What is claimed and desired to be secured by Letters
It will further be seen that the adhesive layer over
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lies the eyelid and holds it in closed position even 15 Patent is:
l. A protective device including: a protective patch
though, due to irritation or nervousness, the eyelid would
having a convex upper edge, a convex outer edge ex
otherwise tend'to move to open position and permit light
to enter the eye. It will thus be seen that the eye patch
tending
upper edge,
downwardly
a lower and
convex
inwardly
edge of
from
shorter
one radius
end of than‘f
said; not only itself prevents access of light to the eye but
also. holds the eyelid in closed position whereby the 20 said upper edge and said outer edge, and an inner
concave edge extending from the lower edge to the
eyelid also combines with the eye patch to doubly in
other end of said upper edge to forma tab portion; an
sure the prevention of access of light to the eye. The
adhesive layer on one side of said patch; and a protec
access'of light. in certain cases of injury or disease of
tive strip. disposed on said adhesive layer intermediate
the eye may prove very harmful thereto and for this
reason the eye patch must prevent any access. of light 25 the edges of the patch
thereto. In addition, the holding of the eyelid in closed
position by the eye patch results in greater comfort of
2. A protective device including: a protective patch
having a convex upper‘ edge,la.convex outer edge ex
tending downwardly and inwardly from one end of said
tinuous strain of consciously holding the eyelid in the
vupper edge, a lower convex edge of shorterradius than
30 said. upper edge and. said outer edge, and an inner
'closed position.
It will further be seen that the eye patch is light in
concave edge extending from thelower edge of the other
the wearer since he does not have to be under the con
weight and conforms to. the contours or con?guration of
the face of the wearer whereby it is ‘comfortable to wear.
end of said upper edge to form a tab portion; and
an adhesivelayer on one side of said edge, said adhesive
It will beapparent thatif desired the eyelash strip 22
layer having a slot intermediate the edge. of the patch
may be omitted if a resultant discomfort to the wearer 35 whereby the adhesive layer will not contact the eyelashes
dueto the adhesion of the eyelashes to the adhesive layer
12 is of no importance.
It will also be apparent that if desired, the eyelash
strip 22 may be omitted if the adhesive layer is provided
with a slot of corresponding size and location whereby 40
the eyelashes would contact the eye patch but not’ the ad
hesive layer since such slot in the adhesive layer would
be positioned in alignment with the eyelashes of the
wearer.
of the wearer.
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References Cited in the ?le of this patent
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1,642,661
Robinson ____________ __ Sept. I3, 1927
2,572,638
LOOS __________ .... ____ __ Oct. 23, 1951 '
2,734,503
Doyle _______________ __ Feb; 14, 1956
2,807,262
Lew ________________ __ Sept; 23, 1957
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