What is an Ocularist?
An ocularist is a health professional who specializes in prosthetic devices for the eye. This specialty combines an understanding of color and artistry with expertise in the science of the development and function of the face and eye. Your Ocularist should be Board Certified by the American Society of Ocularist. The society offers formally structured educational program for the training of ocularists, as well as continuing education in ocular prosthesis required for recertification.
What are the advantages of an acrylic eye over a glass eye / artificial eye?
When using acrylic to form the artificial prosthesis it provides for a precise fit from an impression that is done in our on site laboratory. This artificial eye is much lighter and can reduce lower eyelid sagging that may require future surgery. With our patented digital technology, the natural detail is unlimited.
What is the cost of an artificial eye?
We offer a wide spectrum of custom artificial prosthesis for various budgets. We have a basic eye which would include an impression fit, fabrication and insertion. This prosthesis is usually a covered benefit with insurance plans. For the patient who is looking for a more natural looking prosthesis, every detail is included. An impression is made for optimal anatomy and physiology. Fabrication is done onsite so added adjustments can be done if necessary which will help rehabilitate the tissues. Rehabilitating the tissues will help with natural motion. Cosmetically our prosthesis surpass any available today. With our patented digital technology we are able to match the partner eye to make the most natural prosthesis. Many of our patients comment that people can not tell the difference between the prosthesis and the natural eye.
How long is the artificial eye replacement process?
Depending on the patient's ultimate goal for the most natural looking prosthesis, the time needed can vary and should be discussed on an indiviual basis with your Ocularist.
Do I need to remove my prosthesis every night?
No. Generally the prosthesis is removed every 6 months by the Ocularist. It is evaluated for proper fit and alignment. The prosthesis is then removed, cleaned and reinserted into the socket.
Can I still be active with my prosthesis?
Yes! We encourage all our patients to be as active as they can be while wearing your prosthesis. Running, jumping and swimming are all activities that can still be done without having to worry about your prosthesis.
How often does my prosthesis need to be replaced?
Most health care professionals recommend that your prosthesis be replaced every 5 years. The lifetime of a prosthesis will vary from patient to patient and the chemistry of the socket. It is important to realize that your prosthesis has a limited healthy life span and should be replaced when recommended.
What is the difference between a scleral shell artificial eye and a prosthetic eye?
A scleral shell is for those who still have their natural eye in place with no vision and has become disfigured. However, a prosthetic eye replaces a natural eye which has been either “enucleated” or “eviscerated.”
What is a scleral shell prosthesis?
Scleral shells fully cover a natural eye that has become disfigured and often is sensitive and painful. The medical term for this eye condition is a phthisical eye.
What is unique about our acrylic scleral shell artificial eyes?
We have proprietary techniques for the creation of scleral shells which replicate subtle, multi-layer coloring and blending details to match the companion eye. In addition, we employ a special secondary enlargement technique to gently and symmetrically open the eyelid in a matter that avoids painful over-stretching of delicate eye tissues.
Why do we strongly emphasize proper care and maintenance for custom prosthesis eyes and scleral shell prosthesis?
Tissues are more valuable than the acrylic prosthetic eye or acrylic scleral shell eye. We highly recommend proper maintenance for prosthetic eyes to prevent contamination, irritation, and possible infection. Polishing and adding the anterior clear coat of the prosthesis or scleral shell will remove protein deposits helping reduce giant papillary conjunctivitis. If this conjunctival tissue lining is damaged, it will require tissue replacement and cause bleeding. Hence, we have built a maintenance service page on our website so prosthesis eye care is achieved and prosthesis eyes are shipped back within a 24-48 hour period.