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FAQ : Eye Prosthesis and Enucleation in Montreal and Ottawa

The Marie-France Clermont Ocularist Clinic is proud to present some information that will allow you to deepen your knowledge about ocularists, ocular prostheses and enucleation in Montréal and Ottawa.

How long does it take to manufacture the ocular prosthesis?

Generally speaking, ocular prostheses are performed on the same day.

How long does an ocular prosthesis last?

If properly maintained, an ocular prosthesis lasts about 5 years.

Will the eye move?

Eye mobility depends on the type of surgery and many medical factors. Consult an ocularist for more information.

What are the materials used to make eye prostheses nowadays?

The prostheses are made of acrylic plastic and hand-painted.

What is enucleation?

Enucleation consists of cutting the optic nerve to remove the eyeball. This operation is usually performed following diseases and accidents and in cases where removal of the eyeball is necessary. This may be the case in patients with incurable blindness or people with malignant eye tumours.

How does the enucleation operation work?

The operation lasts about an hour and is sometimes performed under local or general anesthesia. Once the eye is removed, the surgeon will install an implant to receive the ocular prosthesis. The implant will be attached to the muscles, allowing it to move naturally. At the end of the surgery, a shaping device will allow the eyelid to retain its shape. When you wake up, you may feel intense pain, which may then diminish. You can make an appointment for enucleation in Montréal or Ottawa with our team of ocularists by clicking here!

What is the follow-up after surgery?

The surgeon will meet the patient about a month after the operation. They will then refer the patient to an ocularist, about four to six weeks after the surgery, for the manufacturing of the artificial eye. Follow-up between the surgeon and the patient will be done once a year.

How much does an ocular prosthesis cost?

The price of an ocular prosthesis at our office is $1,600, of which $585 is paid by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) and the scleral shell costs $1,750.

For more information on enucleation in Montréal or Ottawa, do not hesitate to contact us!



Montréal Branch

1538, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bureau 852

Montréal, QC H3G 1L5

Phone: 514-931-9456

Ottawa Branch

267, rue O’Connor, bureau 427
Ottawa, ON K2P 1V3

Phone: 613-593-8814


Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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