Inserting & Removing an Ocular Prosthesis
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Ocular Prosthesis following eye removal:
Occasionally, it should be removed to clean off mucous or debris. Most parents remove a child’s prosthesis at home for cleaning every 1 to 3 months. If the child is seen by an ocularist or an eye doctor, then it can be cleaned at their facility. Sometimes a prosthesis feels dry and teardrops are necessary for lubrication.
During the child’s lifetime, the eye socket will grow and the prosthesis may need to be reshaped or even completely replaced to better fit the socket. This will be determined by the ophthalmologist or ocularist. In general, the prosthesis should be checked annually by the ocularist.
Defects of the eye may follow removal of a part of or the entire orbit. This results in the patient becoming visually, esthetically and psychologically handicapped. Restoring the defect with a silicone- or acrylic-based prosthesis not only restores esthetics but also gives back the lost confidence to the patient. This is a case report of a patient with a ‘pthisical eye’ and details the steps in fabrication of an ocular prosthesis. Particular attention has been given to the laboratory process in this technique to minimize the residual monomer content in the artificial eye.
Ocular Prosthesis (Artificial Eye) in Victoria, Malta
When an eye is removed (enucleation), the surgeon places an implant into the socket that remains buried in the tissue for life. About 6 weeks after surgery when the tissue is healed without swelling, an ocular prosthesis (artificial plastic eye) is fitted by an ocularist (an artist who specializes in making the artificial human eye) to cover the buried implant. The prosthesis is a removable device and resembles a thick contact lens. The prosthesis fits comfortably and provides a natural appearing eye that matches the opposite eye.
A prosthesis can remain in the socket for life, but it should generally be cleaned daily while bathing or showering by rinsing the surface using clean warm water. A warm washcloth can be used to wipe off debris without removing the eye.
Yearly Checkups – It is recommended that you return to our office once a year to have your prosthesis polished. Usually there is a significant build-up of salt and protein deposits on the eye in one year’s time. Polishing removes these potentially irritating deposits. The ocularist will also evaluate the eye’s fit and appearance. Sometimes a build-up or adjustment may be called for, due to subtle changes in the eye’s socket tissue.
Inserting and Removing a Prosthetic Eye
Eyes with chronic disease can become blind, painful and disfigured. Patients may benefit from removal of such eyes. Trauma can also lead to the recommendation that an eye be removed to prevent sympathetic ophthalmia (a rare condition when an injured eye can cause a “sympathetic” inflammatory reaction in the unaffected eye). An eye can be removed partially (evisceration) or completely (enucleation). In such cases, a sphere is implanted in the orbit and a large contact lens, called an ocular prosthesis, is made by an Ocularist. This is worn over the sphere implant and looks like the normal eye. It is important for the eye socket to be monitored regularly to make sure that it remains healthy, even following the enucleation or evisceration of the eye.
Removal and Cleaning – At one time, all artificial eye wearers were told to remove and clean the prosthesis on a regular basis. It has since been learned that removal on a regular basis keeps the eye socket mildly irritated. Today’s artificial eyes generally need less attention due to improved fitting and polishing techniques. Many people do not feel the need to remove their prosthesis between visits to their ocularist. Removal and reinsertion of the prosthesis is an easy process. Your ocularist can show you the correct method. If you do remove your artificial eye, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands first; this will reduce the risk of infection and irritation.
Medicare Guidelines for Eye Prostheses - Artificial Eye
Ocular prosthetics - Moorfields Eye Hospital
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Enucleation of the eye - Wikipedia
Hospitals and medical centers in Victoria, Malta where you can get an Ocular Prosthesis (Artificial Eye).
American Society of Ocularists - Surgical Procedures
Ocular prosthetics - Our ocular prosthetics department is the largest of its type in the UK
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