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Can Spring Allergies Affect My Prosthetic Eye Comfort?

Can Spring Allergies Affect My Prosthetic Eye Comfort?

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. 

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Safe Prosthetic Eye Visits During COVID [Plus 3 Reasons Not to Delay Care]

Safe Prosthetic Eye Visits During COVID  [Plus 3 Reasons Not to Delay Care]

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. 

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4 Ways to Offer Quality Telemedicine for Older Patients with Eye Loss

4 Ways to Offer Quality Telemedicine for Older Patients with Eye Loss

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.

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Conformers May Provide Light Perception for Some Children

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.

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Benefits of a Scleral Shell

Benefits of a Scleral Shell

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. 

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Gaining Confidence After Losing an Eye

Gaining Confidence After Losing an Eye

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.

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Treating Microphthalmia in Babies

Was your infant born with microphthalmia?
Do you know the best procedure to treat microphthalmia?
Are you searching for the most comfortable prosthetic eye available for your child?

Microphthalmia is a condition in which one or both eyes are abnormally small and have anatomic malformations at birth. It typically results in blindness and affects an estimated 1 in every 10,000 children each year.

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6 Keys When Caring for a Prosthetic Eye

Have you just received your first prosthetic eye? 

Are you looking forward to getting one?

Receiving a prosthetic eye can be life changing. It can increase your confidence and give you a new perspective on life and the world around you. At Carolina Eye Prosthetics, we share in your excitement and anticipation. That is why we want to ensure that you know our best tips when caring for a prosthetic eye. We want you to keep your new prosthetic eye sparkling and healthy.

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