Care & removal of your artificial eye.
You have been provided with a CUSTOM-MADE eye prosthesis and its use is
intended for you only.
Generally, it is not necessary to remove your artificial eye unless discomfort or
excessive discharge is experienced. As long as your artificial eye feels
comfortable it is recommended to be worn all the time, 24hs a day. The reason
being, it may take a few hours for the eye to settle in again every time it is
It is not unusual experiencing some discharge and symptoms can vary with
changes in atmosphere, weather, air conditioning, colds, allergies, etc. If the
discharge is excessive and you are experiencing redness, inflammation or pain
or discomfort it could be sign of an infection and you should contact your GP.
It is highly recommended to wear spectacles full time for protection. A
Dispensing Optician can help you to improve appearances and symmetry with
prescription lenses (Cosmetic Optics). Sport-specific protective eyewear should
always be worn and swimming googles if you are in a pool.
Removing and inserting your artificial eye.
Always, wash your hands and do it on top of a soft surface like a towel in case
the prostheses dropped to avoid chipping it or losing it.
Take your time and if you can’t do it the first time take a break and try again.
Your eyelids are holding your artificial eye in. To remove it gently pull down
your lower eyelid to reveal the edge of the prosthesis, using your fingertip or
an extractor release the bottom of it and let it come down from your upper lid
toward your cheeks.
To insert it back in, insert it up under the upper eyelid first and then pull down
the lower lid to slip it under it. Remember first to check the right position, the
number that is in the prosthesis goes always on the top.
It can be cleaned with a hard multipurpose contact lenses solution.
NEVER use detergents, disinfectants, alcohol, or boiling water. A professional
polish every six months is advisable to remove protein that builds up on the
surface, improving comfort and appearance.
Remove your prosthesis. Put it on the palm of your hand and with a few drops
of your multipurpose hard contact lenses solution rub it with the tip of your
finger. Repeat it on the other side. Rinse it with the solution and replace the
prosthesis in the socket.
A professional polish must be done every 6 month or when you experience:
Increase discharge, irritated or itchy eyelids, a change in the eye’s cosmetic
appearance or a feeling of a foreign body in the socket.
Longevity of the Ocular prosthesis
Over the years, the cavity and surrounding tissues may change so that the
ocular prosthesis no longer fits well. This can also happen if you lose or put on
weight suddenly or with some medication or treatments. The colour of the
sclera of your good eye can also change with time. The prosthesis does not
have an eternal life. Although, the device does not have an expiry date, a
regular visit to the Ocularist is a good way to know when is the time for a
replacement. On average a prosthesis should be replaced every five years for