The following is the full Ask LSOP #7 question and answer, featured in the Little Shop of Pleasures September 2016 newsletter.
I find that my leather Lennon blindfold hurts my eyes. What can I do about this?
For those who don’t know, Lennon-style blindfolds consist of a band and two pieces of material that cover each eye (in a fashion reminiscent of John Lennon’s memorable glasses).
They are favoured by blindfold enthusiasts for both their aesthetic and their superior function. As the eye pads can usually be moved along the band, the blindfold can be adjusted to fit the wearer’s face in a way that is not possible with many other styles.
As you’re probably aware, L, these blindfolds work well in great part because of the eye pads being convex, doming into the eye socket to press against the eyelids of the wearer for a near complete blackout. I’m sure you’re also (unfortunately) aware that some people find this to be very uncomfortable.
Loosening the blindfold, which you’ve probably already tried, may make it more comfortable, but could lessen the blinding effects. Similarly, combining a loosened blindfold with a cushioning, eyemask-style blindfold may blind effectively, but won’t look all that cool- and for lots of folk aesthetic is a significant part of setting the right mood.
My next suggestion would be replacing them with something that will blind as effectively, but hopefully fit you more comfortably. We carry both leather and fur-lined Lennons by Sinvention- depending on how sensitive your eyes are, the fur lined version may be a better option, as they are not padded on the interior like the leather ones are.
The next solution I would offer would be to try a completely different style of blindfold. Sinvention also has a more traditionally styled padded blindfold that conforms to the eyes when tightened, but with a wider surface area that would put less pressure on the eyes.
I’m sorry that your blindfold experience left you less than satisfied, L. Hopefully we were able to help!
-- The LSOP experts