Prosthetic Eye Care Do’s and Dont’s

Please contact us immediately if a problem you do not understand arises. We are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

When to polish the prosthesis

Have your eye checked and polished once a year to keep it in the very best condition. Do not let anyone other than ourselves, or someone we recommend, polish your eye. Polishing compounds used by many eye fitters, dentists, opticians and others will not polish as highly as necessary for the greatest comfort. Also, the technician must take care not to change the contours of the eye, which might result in a poor fit. Few understand the importance of the shapes which are achieved in the modified impression method we use.

Prosthetic Eye Check-Up

Have your ophthalmologist check your good eye at least once a year. As long as you are perfectly comfortable and the eye still looks fine, do not do anything between yearly check-ups and polishing. Except for slowly changing appearance, which you might not be aware of, if your eye needs care, it will let you know.

Rub eye with lid closed towards nose

If the eye bothers you so that it must be wiped or rubbed, always close the eyelids and wipe toward the nose. Wiping away from the nose can often cause the eye to fall out.

Prevent accidental disposal

Never leave the your prosthesis in a piece of facial tissue. Several left this way for just minutes have been picked up and thrown away. Some have been burned with the waste papers.

Water sport safety

If you swim, dive or water ski, either wear a protective patch or swimming goggles – or remove the eye and store it safely. More eyes have been lost during these sports than in any other way. Cold weather, dry weather and wind tend to make artificial eyes uncomfortable. Some lubrication eye drops may reduce or relieve the discomfort.

Keep away from solvents

Never expose the artificial eye in any way to alcohol, ether chloroform, hair sprays or any other solvents. These can damage the plastic beyond repair. 

Remove prosthesis for surgery

Be sure to remove the prosthesis before having any surgery, anesthetics can damage the surface of the plastic, requiring expensive reprocessing or even replacement with a new eye.

Practice extreme cleanliness

Always practice extreme cleanliness when handling your prosthetic eye. If your eye should happen to fall out, be sure to rinse it thoroughly and then wash it with soap and water before reinserting it.

Wear protective glasses

Wear your protective glasses from the minute you have finished washing your face in the morning until you go to bed each night. Even when you are alone and least expecting it, an object could fly at your remaining eye. You no longer have a spare eye. Protect the one you have.


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