Dec 05 2011

How Prosthetic Eyes Are Made

Published by at 11:22 pm under Ocular Prosthetic

It is difficult to imagine the thought of losing and eye or going blind. Loss of an eye can occur for a number of reasons including the following: End stage glaucoma, diabetes, tumors, or trauma. The effects on a person’s life are enormous and devastate self confidence.

The person who has suffered the effects of disease or trauma may be advised to undergo a surgical procedure called enucleation. This refers to the removal of the eyeball. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure. During the procedure a surgical implant is placed in the socket to maintain shape and volume. This is in preparation for the prosthesis or artificial eye. The eye muscles are hooked up to the implant to keep it in position and give some movement. A conformer is placed in the eye to maintain the shape of the lid. In four to six weeks it is removed and an artificial eye is made.

The eye is not always removed. There is another type of surgery called evisceration surgery where the contents of the eyeball are removed including the cornea,vitreous, retina, iris and lens. The msucles are left attached to the eye and the optic nerve remains intact. When the contents are removed the implant is inserted in to the shell. The white of the eye (sclera) and the remaining tissue are closed over the implant. A conformer is placed in the socket for four to six weeks when an artificial eye will be made.

The following video will show the reader the process of how this is achieved. The person who fashions the prothesis is called an Ocularist. It will also dispel the idea that the prosthetic itself (the part that is seen) is round like a ball. It will also demonstrate that this process results in a custom fit that will match the color of the remaining eye, have some movement, and will be comfortable to wear.

A recommendation for a good Ocularist is usually made by the eye surgeon who has managed the surgical removal of the eye (enucleation) or those who wish to look for themselves they can search on in the following link to find a good ocularist and learn more about prosthetic eyes. www.ocularist.org©

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