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Artificial Eyes And Driving

The trauma of having to have an ocular prosthesis (artificial eye) can be devastating to anyone, and then the thought of losing your independence and the ability to be able to drive on top of this can overwhelm you.

But as time and time again, patience and confidence in the ocularist shows, that a normal life can be had with a few minor adjustments to the way you do things, is all that is needed.

Fear of the unknown is always the enemy in these situations. As soon as you have had the surgery and the ocular prosthesis or scleral haptic lens (lens over a blinded eye) made and fitted, and you have had time to adjust to your new circumstances, getting back into your car should be done as soon as possible.

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A Short History of Ocular Prosthetics

The loss of an eye, whether due to injury or disease, leaves an empty space - one whose dimensions reach far beyond the physical. This is why people have sought cosmetic solutions throughout the ages, to mitigate such disfigurations.

People have made use of ocular prosthetics for centuries, with the first known example found in Arabia and dating back around 5000 years.  It is believed to have been made from bitumen paste and was covered with a fine layer of gold and engraved with a tiny circle for the iris, with fine gold lines radiating from it like sun rays.

Evidence also suggests that ancient Roman and Egyptian priests produced artificial eyes as early as the 5th century BC. These early artificial eyes are believed to have been made of clay and worn outside of the eye socket.

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