What Are Prosthetic Eyes And How Do They Work?
Prosthetic eyes are a cosmetic treatment option for individuals who have either lost an eye due to traumatic eye injury or illness or those born with microphthalmia or anophthalmia. Prosthetic eyes create a balanced facial appearance, increase comfort in the eye socket where the eye is missing, and restore confidence. People have been making and wearing prosthetic eyes for millennia, and many think of the old fashioned prosthetic glass eye when they think of artificial eyes. Nowadays, ocular prosthetics are usually made from acrylic. Individuals can choose between ‘stock’ eyes which are mass-produced and don’t have a customised fit and colour, or they can visit ocular specialists like the team at Artificial Eyes to have a custom prosthesis made to match their companion eye.
Unlike the old-fashioned glass eyes, modern prosthetic eyes aren’t spherical. Instead, they are a thin, curved, painted acrylic disc designed to look like a natural eye. A round implant is surgically inserted into the eye socket by an ophthalmologist and covered with a tissue called the conjunctiva. Once the implant has healed and settled, the prosthesis can be slipped under the eyelids and onto the implant. The prosthetic eye can be removed, cleaned, and replaced whenever needed.