What is an Artificial Eye or Ocular Prosthesis ?
Artificial eye or Ocular prosthesis is an object made 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 prosthesis are mass produced.Since a “stock eye” is not made for any particular person, it does’nt fir any particular patient. A “custom” ocular prosthesis, on the other hand , is made by your ocularist to fit you and you alone.
What are 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 continuos 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 eye by modified impression technique that eliminates discharge collection in the socket. Therfore there is no need to remove it daily.It can be worn for months continuosly unless there is any problem of infection or allergy. Patient 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. We report a replacement is required for every after 5-10 years, because of bony bit development early in life, and/or tissue changes in adult life.
Important step’s of making artificial eye
Taking impression-> Wax model-> Centration of iris button-> Polymerization->Painting->Repolymerization-> Insertion Removal Light
- The whole process painless and takes about 6-8 hours.
- Please feel free to call the centre for an appointment or for a personal consultation concerning artificial eye.