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How to make an Ocular Prosthesis?
An Ocular Prosthesis (artificial eye) can be made from either an acrylic, or a silicate glass.

Silicate glass cannot be polished or modified.  The manufacture of an ocular prosthesis could take up to 5 appointments depending on the appointment times and the travelling to and from the practise.

The first stage of the production process is to make an impression of the socket by placing an impression paste into the orbit and this is made up into a plastic shell that is temporarily inserted into the socket specifically for this process.  This is a painless procedure.

The model of the impression is then shaped to fit the orbit successfully.

The colour of the iris is hand painted to match the natural eye colour, as too with painting the veins. This is then cooked as part of the ocular prosthesis.

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The fitting of the ocular prosthesis and other refinements will then be determined.  The iris colour to be checked for any mismatching that might have occurred and other details that need to be adjusted.

The final stage will be for the fitting of the ocular prosthesis and learning how to clean and how to maintain it. In two or three weeks' time you may need to return to the rooms to adjust the fitting and talk about any problems you may be having with the cleaning or the removal  of the eye.

Producing an ocular prosthesis or scleral haptic shell is done with the utmost care and attention to be able to give the client confidence that it looks as natural as possible and that looking at it no distinction can be seen in comparison to the seeing eye.

The trauma of losing an eye can then be remedied by the knowledge that they can now again live a normal healthy life and have no stigma attached to them for only having one eye.  This is most important in the case of young children where their confidence and spirit can be broken by this kind of physical trauma.

 

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