Ocular Prosthesis

An ocular prosthesis is an artificial implant that is placed in the empty eye socket. The implant is not visible and maintains the natural structure of the orbit and supports the cosmetic prosthesis that fits over it. The substance of choice is hydroxyapatite. It is derived from a species of ocean coral, closely resembles human bone, and has been used for nearly 20 years. Because of its composition, it can be used as an integrated orbital implant (i.e., it essentially becomes a “living” part of the body).

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The prosthetic eye is the visible structure that is handcrafted by an ocularist, a highly skilled specialist. The eye is crafted to match precisely the natural eye and is made of plastic or glass. It fits over the implant and under the eyelids, much like a large contact lens. It moves as the implant moves, resembling natural eye movement.

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To achieve greater motility, the prosthetic eye can be attached to the implant by drilling a hole in the front surface of the implant and inserting a peg. The peg is then attached to the back of the artificial eye.

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An ocular prosthesis in the left eye


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