A Guide to Quality Prosthetics

Eye Prosthetics – A Guide to Quality

Most of the patients who come to us at Carolina Eye Prosthetics are looking for help. You may know nothing about ocularists so you are not sure how to judge the quality of a prosthetic eye.

Your new eye is made of the finest quality of acrylic plastic (METHYL METHACRYLATE RESIN) which is the same material used in the making of dentures since 1939.

The shape of the eye has been fitted to the shape of your eye socket by the modified impression method for the best possible comfort, eye movement and life-like appearance. It has been colored by a special painting shell method to match as accurately as possible the color of the companion eye.

Three Facts About a Custom Prosthetic Eye

Don’t bother it unless it bothers you.
Most of our patients only have to give their eye a cleaning with soap and water once every three months. They sleep, bathe, and do everything else without having to take it out. Some of our patients only take it out once a year. Taking it out frequently can actually cause an irritated socket. Your socket will adapt well to an eye thatfits. As long as you are comfortable, it is the best practice to leave it alone.

A well made eye will last, on average 5-8 years.

For most patients this is true. For some people it will last even longer and for some it lasts less. Children, for instance, go through dramatic growth changes and we have to catch up with those changes. Other patients need additional surgery that changes the shape of their socket. While at times we can accommodate for the change with a refit, other times the change is so drastic, a new prosthetic eye will yield the best result in Comfort and Cosmesis.

Never flush out your eye socket.

Never do this. Your eye socket has its own environmental balance. Flushing your socket out with anything foreign, (even water) will upset that balance and cause irritation.


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