Artificial eye or Ocular prosthesis is an object made up of medical grade plastic (PMMA) fitted in the eye socket to help the disfigured eye resemble normal eye in appearance.
Following cases are indication of an artificial eye:
Artificial eye can eliminate physical discomfort caused by the disfigured eye and abnormally placed eyelids.A good matching artificial eye can reduce the psychological hurt of an eye loss and disfigured eye.
"Stock" or "ready-made" ocular prostheses are mass-produced. Since a "stock eye" is not made for any particular person, it doesn?t fit any particular patient. A "custom" ocular prosthesis, on the other hand, is made by your Ocularist to fit you and you alone.
Custom made artificial eyes are more comfortable and have better resemblance to the other eye apart from the advantage of continuous wear and better motility of the prosthesis. Where the ready-made artificial eye suffers from discharge, discomfort, poor matching, less movement, restricted wearing period , lower lid sagging, and contracted socket as a result in future.
No, it is important to know that it does not restore the sight.
No. We make our artificial eyes by modified impression technique that eliminates discharge collection in the socket. Therefore there is no need to remove it daily. It can be worn for months continuously unless there is any problem of infection or allergy. Patients can sleep without removing their artificial eye.
In general, plastic artificial eyes last for a longer time when properly made and cared for. Most Ocularist report a replacement is required every after 5-10 years, because of bony orbit development early in life, and/or tissue changes in adult life.
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