What kind of results can I expect?
Results vary from person to
person and are dependent on factors such as age, type of surgery
and implant, and general condition of the eye socket. See
examples of actual
patient results for a general idea of optimal results.
However please discuss your anticipated results with the
ocularist at your visit.
How do I
care for my prosthesis?
eyes are made out of material that will craze (crack) if it
comes in contact with alcohol or any chemical product containing
alcohol. The proper way of cleaning the eye is simply washing
with warm water and buffing with a soft cloth. Some users
prefer to soak the eye in saline cleaning solution (similar to
that used for contact solution) although if you experience
significant protein buildup, you should see your Ocularist for
cleaning and polishing.
How do I
remove the eye?
simply pull the eyelid upwards and look down, then gently push
the eye out of the socket. There are suction cups available
that can be used as well. If using a suction cup make sure to
tilt the top of the prosthesis and slide it downwards.
How is an
artificial eye made?
Please follow this
link to see how a prosthetic eye is fit and manufactured.
How can I
achieve movement of the prosthesis?
dependent on the implant used by your ophthalmologist and on the
type of surgery performed. Some movement is usually possible
depending on the condition of the socket. Read more about
hydroxyapatite implants or discuss this with your ocularist.
I use an eye patch?
You should use an eye patch as directed by your ophthalmologist
or if you wish to conceal your socket until your prosthesis is
notice that I have an artificial eye?
Patient results vary from case to case, however many people have
artificial eyes and successfully conceal this from the public
(and in some cases, even from close family and friends!) Please
share any concerns you have regarding the results of your
prosthesis with your ocularist.
training does an Ocularist have?
To become a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist (BADO), one must
complete a 5 year apprenticeship with another Ocularist and
comply with all the regulations and continuing education
standards set by the American Society of Ocularists (ASO). In
addition, ocularists are certified by the National Examining
Board of Ocularists (NEBO). The Board Certified Ocularist
(BCO) represents the highest certification of an ocularist and
indicates a high degree of experience and dedication.
material is used in making the prosthetic?
Eye prosthetics are made using dimensionally stable, medical
quality PMMA Acrylic. This is the same material used in some
hip replacements and related procedures and it has been found to
be very bio-compatible after being surgically inserted into the
body; therefore allergies to the material are highly unlikely.
artificial eye considered cosmetic by my insurance?
There are very few insurance policies that consider artificial
eyes purely cosmetic since they do function as a protective
device to the eye socket. Some policies only cover a portion of
the prosthesis, while others cover it at 100%. Please contact
your insurance company to obtain benefit information, or contact
your Ocularist and we can obtain benefit information for you.
What is the
youngest a child can be fitted?
Patients as young as 6 months of age have been fitted with
prosthesis. It is important that infants and children be
evaluated by the ophthalmologist and referred to have an
artificial eye made. If children are not fit with an eye and do
require them, facial asymmetry can result as the child grows and
What is a
A 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 had a full enucleation
(removal of the eye) and can be used with phthisical eye
patients or those that have had injuries. Your ophthalmologist
will refer you to have the proper item fit.
In case of
emergency or loss of the prosthetic, what information should
family and friends know?
Anyone who may come in contact with the prosthesis should know
not to place it in rubbing alcohol or related products.
What do I do
if I have irritation, swelling, or pain?
If you are experiencing pain that is related to the prosthesis,
please contact your Ocularist immediately. If you are
experiencing general irritation, discharge, and discomfort with
your eye socket please contact your ophthalmologist