We make custom made artificial eye or ocular prosthesis for people that have had their eye removed that is in cases of enucleation. We also make Scleral Shell for people whose blind eye or non seeing eye is not removed. We also have a Prosthetic wing which deals in all other types of prosthesis including cranial prosthesis (artificial hairs), customized noses, ears, breast, fingers, toes, and various other types of prosthesis.
An Ocular Prosthesis is an artificial device that is placed in the empty eye socket to maintain its shape and to match with the fellow good eye. An artificial eye is handcrafted by the Ocularist.
Ocularist is a highly skilled specialist, who makes artificial eyes. The eye is crafted out of medical grade acrylic to precisely match the natural eye. It fits under the eyelids, much like a large contact lens. It resembles the natural eye, and to a great extent it moves with the fellow eye.
The procedure is completely painless.
Following cases are the indication for an artificial eye :
Yes, of course it is necessary to wear an artificial eye. Artificial eye has some other advantages apart from cosmetic beauty some of them are listed below :
Impression is usually taken 6 to 8 weeks after enucleation or evisceration.
Impression taking is the first step of making customized artificial eye. Wax model is made with the help of impression. When we are satisfied with the wax pattern, final mold is prepared. The eye is made with mould and is painted to match with the fellow eye. The eye is polished to give it a perfectly smooth surface and wet looking appearance. Finally the artificial eye is complete. Its appearance is deceivingly real and fits seemingly and comfortably in place.
It can eliminate physical discomfort caused by the disfigured eye and abnormally placed eyelids. A good matching artificial eye can lessen the psychological hurt of an eye loss.
There is no fixed answer, since it depends on patients socket condition varying from 1 day to 1 month.
Pull the upper eyelid upwards and look down, then put the rubber sucker or suction cup and tilt the top of the prosthesis and slide it downwards.
First soak the eye in saline water and then clean with warm water and soft cloth. But if you experience sufficient protein built-up then meet your Ocularist for cleaning and polishing.
Close your eyes first and wipe from outside to inside, that is from ear side to nose side, otherwise it is possible to depress the lower lid and result in rotation or coming out of your eye which might look awkward in public place or in crowd.
Patient results vary from case to case. However, many one eyed people who wear customized eye are successful in concealing this from the public.
At Artificial Eye Co. we take special care in terms of material. The eye is fit in an empty socket or in pthysical condition, so we use high quality bio-compatible material. We make artificial eye with best quality medical grade acrylic (Poly methyl methacrylate PMMA). Therefore, the chances of allergy to the material are highly unlikely.
Artificial Eye Co. has fit artificial eye to young children below 1 yr. Young children needs to be fitted with artificial eye for proper growth of socket with age, and also, it is essential to maintain facial symmetry.
Scleral shell is similar to an Artificial Eye with the difference being the depth of the posterior (back) part. A shell covers the eye that has not been fully enucleated (removal of the eye) and can be used with phthisical eye patients or those who had injuries.
Never store in alcohol or related products. The prosthesis needs to be stored in dry container away from direct sunlight, heat and fire.
Results vary from person to person. Result depends on following factors
Type of surgery and implant
General condition of socket
See results of original patients given on our website. Please discuss your anticipated result with our ocularist in your first visit.
Yes, at our ocular prosthesis center many young, dynamic and look-conscious patients come and we paint the artificial eye matching with the color of their contact lens. They enjoy changing colors of their iris like normal eyed peer group.
It is important to have a routine examination once a year or more often to have your ocular prosthesis checked, cleaned and polished. This will prolong the life of the artificial eye and make it look better, and make you feel more comfortable.
It varies mainly on age and condition of socket. For some children, it might need to be replaced as often as 6 months and for elderly person one eye can be worn for 3 years.
Yes, you can sleep with your prosthesis.
To prevent accidental loss we suggest to take out the eye and store it safely or else wear swim goggles.
Yes you need to remove the prosthesis daily . Remove your prosthesis from your skin on a daily basis to keep your tissues healthy and maintain hygiene.
Store in a safe, dry place. If your prosthesis has an ocular component, remove and clean it with soap and water.