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FAQ'S

Ocular Prosthesis

  What types of prosthetics are made by Artificial Eye Co?



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.

  What is Ocular 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.

  Who is an 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.

  Is the procedure painful?



The procedure is completely painless.

  Indications of artificial eye?



Following cases are the indication for an artificial eye :

  • Microphthalmos
  • Phthisis bulbi
  • Anophthalmic socket

  Is the procedure painful?



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 :

 

  • It prevents other soft tissues from collapsing and thereby restoration of natural facial anatomy.
  • Shape and contour of eyelids and eyelashes is maintained by preventing them from turning in.
  • Artificial eye facilitates the proper tear circulation, which cleans and lubricates the socket and lids.

  When can it be made?



Impression is usually taken 6 to 8 weeks after enucleation or evisceration.

  How is a customized artificial eye made?



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.

  What can an artificial eye do for one-eyed patient?



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.

  Do the custom-made eyes need daily removal and cleaning?



There is no fixed answer, since it depends on patients socket condition varying from 1 day to 1 month.

  How to remove the eye?



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.

  How to clean customized artificial eye?



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.

  How to wipe my artificial eye?



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.

  Why is customized ocular prosthesis better than readymade artificial eye?



  • Customized artificial eye has following benefits as compared to readymade artificial eye
  • Close matching with the natural eye, as it is hand painted to match exactly with the other eye..
  • Eye movement due to exact matching of the back of the prosthesis with the tissue structure in the socket.
  • Reduces discharge or watering, as there is no or less friction with the socket tissue and the artificial eye.
  • Patients can wear the custom-made artificial eye days together continuously even during sleeping hours.
  • Most of the weight of the prosthesis is distributed over the tissues inside and not on the lower lid preventing lower lid sagging.
  • Some modifications are possible.
  • Custom made prosthesis play a very important role in the development of orbits of anophthalmic, microopthalmic children.

  Will people notice that I have an artificial eye?



Patient results vary from case to case. However, many one eyed people who wear customized eye are successful in concealing this from the public.

  What material is used in making artificial eye?



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.

  What is the youngest age to fit an artificial eye?



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.

  What is a Scleral shell?



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.

  Storing your backup prosthesis?



Never store in alcohol or related products. The prosthesis needs to be stored in dry container away from direct sunlight, heat and fire.

  What should I do if I have irritation, swelling or pain?



If you are experiencing pain that is related to the prosthesis, please contact your Ocularist or Ophthalmologist immediately.

  What kind of result I can expect?



Results vary from person to person. Result depends on following factors

Age

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.

  Can I wear color contact lens?



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.

  Follow up visit?



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.

  When should I replace my artificial eye with a new one?



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.

  Can I sleep with my ocular prosthesis?



Yes, you can sleep with your prosthesis.

  Can I swim while I am wearing my prosthesis?



To prevent accidental loss we suggest to take out the eye and store it safely or else wear swim goggles.

Facial Prosthetics

  How do I apply facial prosthesis?



  • In case of facial prosthesis which is retained with the help of adhesive one needs to follow the following steps
  • Wash and dry your hands and skin where your prosthesis is to be placed.
  • Repeatedly practice positioning your prosthesis without adhesive to ensure accurate placement.
  • When applying adhesive use a cotton-tipped swab and evenly spreading a thin layer of the adhesive along the outer edges of the back side of your prosthesis.
  • Then allow your skin to dry & carefully position and press your prosthesis onto your skin to ensure good contact.

  Do we need to remove the prosthesis daily and why?



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.

  How to remove and clean facial prosthesis?



  • Hold the thickest edge of your prosthesis and gently remove it very slowly, carefully enough to avoid any tear of the edges. To loosen adhesive from your skin you can use a moist washcloth over the surface of the prosthesis.
  • Cleaning of the skin where adhesive was attached - Gently roll the adhesive off the prosthesis (starting from the center to the outer edge) with your fingertips, using gauze or textured cloth.
  • Cleaning the prosthesis - Soak the prosthesis in a cup of warm water . Water helps to soften adhesive and makes it easier to remove. Clean the prosthesis with a soft, bristled toothbrush, mild soap.
  • Wash your face with soap and water after removing the prosthesis and remove any any adhesive from the skin if present. Followed by application of a moisturizing lotion on a nightly basis to restore natural body oils.

  How to store the facial prosthesis?



Store in a safe, dry place. If your prosthesis has an ocular component, remove and clean it with soap and water.

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