Determining the Best Prosthetic Eye. There’s a Difference— Acrylic vs. Glass Eyes

Acrylic vs. Glass Eye Prosthetics

One of our patients came all the way from Germany and shared her experience transitioning from glass to acrylic eye.

Acrylic Eyes

  • Weight: Light. An Acrylic Eye won’t weigh down or stretch the muscle/area.
  • How It’s Made: Impression Technology provides more Precision for Custom Eye Fit.
  • How’s the Motion? PEG Integration provides improved movement from Thinner Edges.
  • What is the Maintenance? Minimal. Prosthetic pieces can be worn full time!
  • Lifespan: Are you ready for this? A whopping 5 Years or More.
  • Can Eyes be Modified? Yes! Eyes can be Adjusted and/or Rebuilt over time.
  • Are there Risks/Concerns? Not to worry. An Acrylic Eye does not run the risk of exploding or imploding. You also don’t have to worry about your eye getting stuck from below freezing temperatures.
  • What is the Science behind this? Ocular Prosthetics implement Science Based Measurements for a Custom Model Build.

Glass Eyes

  • Weight: 1/3 Heavier causing Lower Lid Laxity.
  • How It’s Made: Glass is Blown through Empiric Guess Work.
  • How’s the Motion? Limited Movement from a Larger Glass Volume.
  • What is the Maintenance? Routine. These must be removed each night. Not to mention, an annual exchange for a new eye.
  • Lifespan: Durability of 1 Year as Eye Secretions etch the glass making it rough and abrasive.
  • Can Eyes be Modified? Unfortunately, No. There is no way to modify or rebuild a Glass Eye. A Brand New Eye must be remade each year.
  • Are there Risks/Concerns? Glass can implode from pressure change or become an uncomfortable wear during extreme weather conditions.
  • What is the Science behind this? Glass Eyes are more Artisan and a Trade, than Science.

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