An artificial eye is not only a prosthesis (a medical device that replaces lost tissue) it is also an orthosis (a medical device that supports tissue).
Please note that if you have recently undergone surgery, a period of time will be required for healing and stabilisation, your surgeon will advise you when you are ready for us to proceed.
Below is an indication of what may take place during your appointments.
You will be assessed to ensure that your socket is healthy and that we are able to proceed to fabricate your prosthesis.
After assessment an impression of your socket is obtained by introducing a cream which sets to a soft, rubbery consistency to record the shape of your socket. The iris for your artificial eye is then hand painted in your presence to obtain a colour match to your natural eye.
Based on the impression taken during your previous appointment, we carefully modify and sculpt a wax pattern which fits your socket closely. We conclude this appointment by positioning your iris unit to align with your natural eye. The ideal balance between fit, comfort, mobility, lid-line and contour is achieved depending upon your socket characteristics.
We endeavour to provide the best possible outcome for every patient, however there are certain factors beyond our control that may compromise the final result. Examples may include; scarring, surgery, presence of adhesions, implant size and positioning, age related anatomical changes and infant compliance etc.