If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergy symptoms during pollen season, you may be wondering if an itchy eye or discharge around your prosthetic eye is due to your allergies. We’ve put together this short guide to help you tell the difference between allergies and other issues that may be creating discomfort with your prosthesis and how to alleviate problems.More
What is safe to do now and what will just have to wait? It’s a question we all face on a frequent basis during the pandemic. Unfortunately, many people find themselves trying to decide if their health needs can wait. This includes patients who need a prosthetic eye or custom conformers.
For any health concern, it’s important to understand if delaying care will lead to complications and to know what safety precautions are in place when you do need care.More
While many ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, ocularists, and others are offering virtual visits for some types of patient encounters, some health professionals worry about the ability of older patients to successfully navigate a telemedicine appointment. With a little extra support, the majority of seniors can have quality care in a virtual setting. These four steps will help ensure your older patients have an effective online visit.More
Microphthalmia is a developmental disorder in which one or both eyes are abnormally small and have anatomic malformations. Graduated conformer therapy is a way to gradually stretch the eye socket so that it will be able to hold a prosthetic eye.
Some parents of children who have bilateral microphthalmia have reported that their children seem to respond to light after receiving conformers to help open the eye sockets. Based on this reporting, the ocularists at Carolina Eye Prosthetics are offering painted conformers in place of a full prosthetic eye to children who seem to be able to perceive light.More
Accidents and eye diseases can sometimes cause an eye not to function or to become disfigured. Living with either of these conditions can present daily challenges. Visually, a person may struggle with depth perception or peripheral vision, which can affect everything from cooking to driving to playing a sport. Psychologically, patients with a disfigured or non-functioning eye often worry about their appearance and may even avoid social interactions.More
Losing an eye can feel devastating. Those first few weeks after surgery to remove an eye can be particularly hard emotionally. It takes courage to look in the mirror. You may be wondering how your friends will react or even find yourself avoiding social situations.
Whether you’ve lost an eye due to a traumatic situation, such as an accident or cancer, or as a result of glaucoma or another ocular disease, it’s normal to be struggling with self-confidence. It’s also common to feel a whole range of emotions — grief, fear, and anxiety to name a few.More
Confidence doesn’t come in a bottle. You can’t buy it. You can’t sell it. You can’t catch it or earn it. Confidence comes from within. And so, we want to tell you the story of six-year-old Eleanor, or Ellie Belle as her mother affectionately calls her.More
BURLINGTON, N.C. — Most eye injuries don’t result in the loss of the eye, but when they do, a prosthetic or false eye is an option. Those with false eyes need to replace them every few years, and the cost can be beyond their means.
Ryan Ange knows about the cost. He lost his left eye in a BB gun accident 19 years ago at the age of 13…. [read full story on wral.com]More