|What is an Artificial Eye or Ocular Prosthesis?
Artificial eye or Ocular prosthesis is an object made up of medical
grade plastic (PMMA) fitted in the eye socket to help the disfigured eye resemble normal eye in appearance.
What are the indications of Artificial Eye?
Following cases are indication of an artificial eye:
• Absent eye following surgery (Anophthalmic socket)
• Small disfigured eye following trauma (Phthisis bulbi)
• Small eye since birth (Microphthalmos)
What can an artificial eye do for one-eyed patient?
Artificial eye can eliminate physical discomfort caused by the disfigured eye and abnormally placed eyelids. A good matching
artificial eye can reduce the psychological hurt of an eye loss and disfigured eye.
What's the difference between "stock" and "custom" eyes?
"Stock" or "ready-made" ocular prostheses are mass-produced. Since a "stock eye" is not made for any particular person, it doesn’t fit any
particular patient. A "custom" ocular prosthesis, on the other hand,is made by your Ocularist to fit you and you alone.
What's the advantage of “Custom-made” eyes over "stock" eyes?
Custom made artificial eyes are more comfortable and have better resemblance to the other eye apart from the advantage of continuous
wear and better motility of the prosthesis. Where the ready-made artificial eye suffers from discharge, discomfort, poor matching, less
movement, restricted wearing period ,lower lid sagging, and contracted socket as a result in future.
Will a patient be able to see with this artificial eye?
No, it is important to know that it does not restore the sight.
Does this custom made artificial eye need daily removal and cleaning?
No. We make our artificial eyes by modified impression technique that eliminates discharge collection in the socket. Therefore there is no
need to remove it daily. It can be worn for months continuously unless there is any problem of infection or allergy. Patients can sleep
without removing their artificial eye.
How long does an artificial eye last?
In general, plastic artificial eyes last for a longer time when properly made and cared for. Most Ocularist report a replacement is
required every after 5-10 years, because of bony orbit development early in life, and/or tissue changes in adult life.