FAQs

An ocularist is a carefully trained technician skilled in the art of fitting, shaping, and painting ocular prostheses. In addition to fabricating the eye, the ocularist will provide long-term care through periodic examinations.

What are the artificial eyes made of?
Unlike glass eyes of the past, today artificial eyes are made of acrylic plastic.

How long after surgery should I wait before having my artificial eye made?
A patient may be fitted with an artificial eye about 5-6 weeks following surgery. This grace period allows for the eye socket to heal adequately before beginning the fitting process.

What is the difference between a “stock” artificial eye and a “custom” artificial eye?
A “stock” eye is an artificial eye that has been mass-produced for no patient in particular. A “custom” eye is an artificial eye that has been made by a certified ocularist to fit a specific patient.

How do I clean my artificial eye?
The best way to clean your prosthesis is with a mild liquid soap or baby shampoo and water. Wash it with your finger or a soft washcloth and rinse thoroughly. Never use alcohol to clean your prosthesis because it will destroy the plastic.

How many office visits will it take to finish my artificial eye?
You will receive your custom made prosthesis after 2-3 visits with your ocularist.

How often should I have my artificial eye cleaned and polished?
You should return to your ocularist every 6 months for a professional polish and resurfacing. This process will remove any scratches or build-up, decreasing eye irritation, and ensuring that the prosthesis remains comfortable.

How often should my artificial eye be replaced?
You should have a new eye made every 3-5 years. The lifetime of the artificial eye’s plastic will depend on each patient and their unique eye socket chemistry.

What are some other benefits of having an artificial eye?
While an ocular prosthesis helps to improve your appearance, it is important to remember that the primary purpose and function of the prosthesis is to support the soft tissues of the socket, protect the implant, and improve patient comfort.

Is it necessary to self-lubricate my artificial eye?
Most people wear their prosthesis comfortably with no lubrication needed. However, some may find the use of lubricating eye drops necessary because of dryness. Dryness can occur from changes in temperature, wind, allergies, or other medical conditions, such as “dry eye”. Lubricating eye drops are available for purchase at all our office locations.

Can I wear my artificial eye during watersports?
You can wear your eye during watersport activities. Just make sure to wear protective eyewear such as googles to ensure that your artificial eye is not lost.

How should I store my artificial eye when not wearing it?
As a general rule, you should keep the artificial eye in the socket as long as it is not bothering you (unless otherwise directed by your ocularist). If you find it necessary to remove your artificial eye it should be stored in water or soft contact saline solution to prevent deposits from drying on the surface.

How do I take my artificial eye in and out of the eye socket?
To insert your artificial eye, first make sure that the top of your eye, indicated by one or two colored dots, is aligned with your top eyelid. Pull your upper eyelid up and insert the upper half of your artificial eye. Next, pull your bottom eyelid down to make room for the lower half of your eye. To remove your artificial eye pull your lower eyelid down and the eye should easily slide out.

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