Here at Southeastern Ocularists, Inc. we regularly use the modified impression fitting method when creating your prosthesis. Although, depending on certain factors, we may choose a different approach to obtain a mold of your eye socket. We will take into consideration your eye socket anatomy, medical history and any other details when considering the best way to find your fit. Everyone has a different anatomy, so sometimes we have to switch it up!
The empirical fitting method is also known as the experienced observation technique. We use this technique to fix certain irregularities with your eye. An example of this would be modifying the prosthesis to help with ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid) of the eyelid. Anomalies such as this are best corrected with uniquely designed shapes that manipulate the eyelid into a more functional and cosmetically pleasing position.
The modified impression fitting method adds alginate to the empirical fitting equation. We will “eyeball” an already made prosthesis in our fitting collection that would fit your socket comfortably. From there, we will take an impression of your socket with the selected prosthesis and make the correct adjustments to get it where it needs to be.
Each one of these fitting methods can be used to create a quality fit for your prothesis. We will use our expertise here at Southeastern Ocularists, Inc. to figure out which will work best for you.