It may take a few weeks for you to adjust to the look and feel of your new eye. Please follow the instructions below carefully to remove, clean and replace the eye to keep it in the best condition possible. Please also ensure you visit the practise after six weeks as well as annually for polishing and to ensure that your eye is as comforatable as possible in the eye socket.
Care Instructions For Your New Eye
Always work with a towel placed to “catch” the eye should it fall.
Always remember to wash your hand, preferably with an anti-bacterial soap before you start.
- When you need to update your driver’s licence the best method is to go to an Optometrist for a VISION FIELD TEST, or better still, have the complete test done with an Optometrist.
- If you must rub the eye, rub towards the nose with the eyelid closed. Wiping away from the eye may cause the eye to fall out. Never rub the artificial eye vigorously.
- Artificial eyes can be worn continually and need only be removed for cleaning purposes. Please use “Boston Simplus” solution. Rub the solution thoroughly over the prosthesis. Thereafter wipe the prosthesis with a tissue. Re-apply the solution on all surfaces of the prosthesis and insert it in the eye socket.
- DO NOT use alcohol, ether, chloroform or any solvents.
- A few artificial eye wearers experience “dry eye” due to lack of lubrication. This can be supplemented with an “Artificial Tear” like Optive eye drops.
How to insert & remove your prosthetic eye
Frequently Asked Questions
Will people notice that I am wearing a prosthesis?
The techniques used to make the prosthesis ensures that the prosthesis matches a healthy eye in appearance.
Will I experience pain during the procedure?
No, the procedure is painless.
How long does it take to manufacture a prosthetic eye?
It takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to manufacture a prosthetic eye.
Can a prosthesis move?
Yes, they do move, however the amount of movement will vary from patient to patient.
How long will it take me to adjust to the feel of my new eye?
It may take a few weeks for you to feel comforatable with your new eye.
Can I sleep with my prosthetic eye?
If the diseased or blind eye has been removed, you will be able to sleep with your prosthetic eye.
6 Week Check-up
All new prosthesis, as well as any changes done to previous prosthesis, takes 6 weeks to settle and for the patient to become accustomed to the “new look” and feel of the new/modified prosthesis.
It is recommended that you return to our rooms once a year to have your prosthesis polished.
Usually there is a significant build-up of salts and protein deposits. From time to time a build-up or adjustment may be called for, due to subtle changes in the eye’s sockets tissue. A new eye needs to be manufactured every few years.