Expert Opinion on the Fabrication and Maintenance of Eye Prosthetics

Fabrication

Using modern plastics, we make eye prostheses that look natural and fit comfortably. Our manufacturing method and our expertise are the reason for our excellent reputation throughout Quebec and Ontario.


The first step in the process is to meet with one of our ocularists in a private room where measurements will be taken and the colour of your iris will be copied to look like your natural eye.


During the day, we will give you a couple of breaks for a period of about one hour each.


During this time, we will manufacture the prosthetic eye using the measurements taken. Once the laboratory work is completed, we begin the fitting process. During this part of the process, we evaluate the colour and adjust the fit and comfort of your new prosthesis.


Maintenance

Generally, patients only rarely remove an artificial eye. When they do, it is usually only to clean it and replace immediately.


The eye is usually worn 24 hours a day.


However, if your prosthesis is a cosmetic scleral lens or shell, you may need to remove it over night. Simply store it properly in a solution for hard contact lenses in a clean container with a lid, and rinse well before reinsertion.


Never use alcohol or any other liquid disinfectant, which would damage the prosthesis.


Patients with symptoms of dry eye can treat it without removing the prosthesis. Among the products available are artificial tears that come in the form of drops or gel sold over-the-counter in pharmacies, a more viscous lubricant such as mineral oil, vitamin E oil, a mixture of the two, or lubricants more specifically designed for prosthetic eyes such as OcuGlide™, Sil-Ophtho or Tears Again available from the United States.


An annual appointment with the ocularist is recommended. During this visit, we eliminate the protein deposits that form on the surface of the prosthesis. These deposits can irritate the conjunctiva of the upper eyelid and thus cause discomfort and secretions. The renewal of an ocular prosthesis is recommended after a period of about five years, mainly because of changes in the orbital cavity and wear and tear on the plastic. An annual check-up with the ophthalmologist and ocularist will ensure patient comfort and maintain the desired appearance.

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