Full Artificial Eye Prosthesis This type of prosthesis is for the individual who has had their globe removed. It is fitted by your ocularist after the socket swelling has subsided. This is typically started six to eight weeks after the surgical removal of your eye.
The prosthesis is custom-made for you to match your eye color and to fit your socket. It is made from durable acrylic material, not glass. The movement of the artificial eye will depend upon a number of factors, but generally, if the ocular muscles have not been damaged from an injury then you can expect your artificial eye to move along with your companion eye.
We use the modified impression technique to create an optimal fit for your ocular prosthesis. For the painting and color matching, we actually place the prosthesis into the socket prior to its completion. This method allows us to identify intricate details and make appropriate enhancements to the final appearance of the prosthesis.
A Scleral Shell
This is a custom-made, thin eye prosthesis fitted directly over a blind and shrunken globe. It includes the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the sclera (the white part of the eye). It will, therefore, completely cover up an unsightly, deformed globe. The blind eye must be smaller than the “good” eye to allow space for the scleral shell to be fitted and to provide a good cosmetic result. The scleral eye shell helps to restore volume loss and will assist the upper eyelid to return to a normal position and match the companion eye. Since the ocular muscles are still attached to the damaged eye, movement with a scleral shell is usually excellent.
Many individuals who have a disfigured blind eye are unaware that a scleral shell is a viable option that does not entail surgery. As long as the eye is stable, pain-free, and smaller than the companion eye, it is very likely an option. Please contact our office directly for more details and an evaluation of your specific condition. Many of our patients wish they had heard about scleral shells earlier. This type of prosthesis serves to increase the individuals self-confidence and social interaction by restoring back ones natural appearance.
Specialty Artificial Eyes – Includes An Eyelid
In severe trauma situations, either the upper or lower eyelid can be contracted or damaged beyond surgical repair. Due to the unique training of our staff, we are able to create an artificial eye that incorporates an artificial eyelid as part of the prosthesis. This restores balance and symmetry to both eyes.
Very few ocularists have the specialized skills and knowledge to provide this type of unique service. At Crystal Eyes Center, we specialize in fitting the most difficult of cases.