How To Preserve Your Prosthetic Eye Piece

Tips and Tricks for Artificial Eye and Scleral Shell Maintenance

Most Health Authorities recommend semi-annual exams & “Glazing” of the artificial eye. 

On an annual basis, we evaluate the prosthesis-socket relationship with impressions, study model and socket exam to insure proper fit and function. This is important for children wearing a prosthesis since their growth patterns will cause significant changes in their socket shape and volume. 

On an average, prosthetic eyes are generally replaced every five years over the lifetime of a patient. However, routine “glazing” of the prosthetic surfaces will significantly prolong its life and insure continuous comfort. 

Inserting Your Prosthesis

  1. Be absolutely sure that your hands are protected against bacteria by scrubbing each with hand soap and rinsing thoroughly.
  2. Using your dominant hand, place your fingers on your eyelashes and lift the upper eyelid. 
  3. Slide the upper edge of the prosthesis under the upper eyelid as far as it will possibly go. 
  4. Release the upper eyelid. With your opposite hand, pull down the bottom eyelid and place the bottom part of the prosthesis behind the bottom eyelid. 
  5. With your prosthesis in place, close your eyes and palpate your lids in a temporal to nasal direction. This will expel any air that may have been trapped behind the prosthesis during insertion. 
  6. Using a mirror, verify that the position and gaze of your prosthesis is correct.