Clients with existing prostheses
An artificial eye may be cleaned with mild soap or “hard contact” lens cleaning solution. This will remove most of the surface accumulations and reduce irritation to the eyelids.
Make certain you rinse it thoroughly before reinserting. Regular tap water is perfectly acceptable for this procedure.
NEVER clean or soak the artificial eye in alcohol, autoclave or boil it because it will crack the plastic and destroy the ocular prosthesis.
It is recommended that patients should have your artificial eye polished every six to twelve months by an Ocularist, or more often if a special problem exists, such as excessive discharge, poor eyelid action, or if the patient does not remove the eye themselves.
The cleaning and polishing by an Ocularist not only adds to the lifetime of the prosthesis but will remove the protein deposits helping to reduce the risk of giant papillary conjunctivitis and other irritants. It also improves comfort and restores the lustre for a more natural lifelike appearance.
Note: A cracked or chipped prosthesis should never be worn.