Cleaning Your Ocular Prosthesis

Your artificial eye will need to be replaced, but how often depends upon several factors: First, most sockets change shape over time and the degree of change varies with the individual. A growing child's prosthesis will need replacement more often than an adult's weight gain or loss may speed up the rate of socket change. The nature of the original injury or condition that caused the loss of the eye is yet another factor. Also, the wearer's environment affects the longevity of an artificial eye. Working in an especially dirty environment or exposure to chemical fumes may damage your prosthesis, making it necessary to replace it more often. Without unusually rapid socket change, most prostheses last three to five years. NEVER USE RUBBING


always Take Care of your Remaining Eye Make sure to wear protecting eyewear. (Polycarbonate unbreakable shatterproof glasses are the best.) Think ahead and be extra cautious when pouring bleach or hammering nails, etc. Make sure you have a yearly dilated eye exam to discover any problems in your healthy eye as early as possible.

Lubricants Use lubricants to keep the prosthesis comfortable if it feels dry. You can use any of the following on your prosthetic but remember that a little of these go a long way. • Mineral oil • Artificial tears/gels.