I had to wear a "pirate patch" to work multiple times last year because of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome affecting my eye... I would wake up every few days with a brand spankin' new corneal abrasion that just kept trying to heal and reopening despite multiple debridements, bandage lens applications, drops, oral medications, supplements, dietary changes, sleep goggles, you name it. It SUCKED. I was missing so much work for appointments with my corneal specialist that I had to do something in order to be able to show up... the patch allowed me to get myself to work and function without having to stop every three seconds of my day to pat dry my eye that was pouring tears thanks to super ridiculous dryness from the medicated drops and photosensitivity. The eye would still be uncomfortable, but at least I could somewhat function with the patch. It was not a fashion statement, and plenty of people gave me weird sidelong glances, but you know what...? I was present, accounted for, and able to care for my patients. Thankfully my eye is now chilled out (although I still have to use gel drops multiple times a day and sleep with nighttime ointment every night) but I still refuse to wear most makeup (any powder on my face or near my eye, or mascara or eye makeup, makes my eye flare up again), pull my hair back from my face (so that my bangs don't poke me in the eye at work), wear safety goggles when in a super dry environment (for example, when caring for a suspected ebola patient earlier this year while wearing a PAPR) or anywhere I might get a splash of anything even remotely irritating in my eye, and otherwise "dress down." My scrubs are (well maybe not always ironed but) presentable and neat, I keep up my personal hygiene, and I think it's ridiculous to judge nurses who are often hands deep in god knows what for not appearing more professional. When I'm an NP, and I work in an office and have less "hard labor" on my job description, I may dress up a little more, but my basic standards are perfectly acceptable and won't be changing a bit.