Eye Patch Double Days - May 18th and 19th

Raise Awareness of Eye Cancer at Work and at Home over Two Days

As part of Melanoma Awareness Month, OMF is proud to support the annual Eye Patch Day to increase awareness of ocular melanoma and general eye health.

On Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th, OM Warriors around the globe will wear eye patches to raise awareness for ocular melanoma. Wearing an eye patch is a great way to start a conversation with co-workers, friends and family members about OM and how important it is to see an ophthalmologist regularly.  And we can guarantee you'll get questions about your pirate wear.  So please join us and help raise the roof on OM awareness!

Play Pirate... Or America's Next Top Model

Uveal melanoma is anything but a laughing matter, but we encourage you to bring some levity to this day of global community advocacy. ​So while any eye patch will do, you are encouraged to make your own or decorate a store bought patch.

Where do I get a patch to wear?

You can buy your own pirate eye patch for less than a buck (WholeHalloweenCostumes has some good ones here) or OMF can give you some to pass out along with free brochures. Free!

Just drop us an email and tell us how many you need!  We'll ship some out to you for FREE!
Warrior Dale Bultemeier spreads awareness with his homemade OMF patches at lunch!

This day is NOT just for monocular patients or even just for patients. Feel free to buy a box of pirate costume eyepatches (these are available cheaply online) and distribute them to your friends and co-workers. It's about starting a conversation and even having some fun while doing so.

Social Media Marketing

The goal here is to get the word out and stimulate conversations about what OM is and how people can better manage their own eye health. It will be uncomfortable - literally and figuratively - for many people to wear an eye patch, even for a day, especially those who have lost someone to OM. But, that's the point. Ideally, people will ask questions and it will give you the chance to discuss the disease. Odds are the person you're talking to has not heard of OM. Again, if you'd like to have OMF pamphlets to distribute as well, we can include those with the eye patches we send you.

We encourage you to use social media to widen broadcast of the message. Check out OMF's Facebook page and Twitter page and use the hash tags:


You can also Instagram pictures of you wearing your patch and perhaps even getting others in your office to wear one too!


While there are no fundraising requirements for this event, we recognize that some participants wish to raise funds for OM in conjunction with spreading awareness. To make this easier for you, we have created a fundraising sheet for those who choose to fundraise. Participants are urged to sign up family and coworkers in advance of May 18th. We are happy to give you extra OMF pamphlets and other collateral to hand out if you would like. You can donate here.

May 18-19, 2018

Email info@ocularmelanoma.org to get FREE eye patches and if you have any questions or comments