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These are some common questions that are asked about getting a prosthetic. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions! You can reach us at +961377238 or contact us. Do ocular prosthetics move? Yes, most prosthetics move. The two biggest factors are the movement of the tissue in the anophthalmic socket and the fit of the prosthesis. How is the prosthetic eye held in? A prosthetic eye is held in place by the eyelids and appropriate contours on the back side of the prosthesis. Do ocular prosthetics move? Yes, most prosthetics move. The two biggest factors are the movement of the tissue in the anophthalmic socket and the fit of the prosthesis. How long does it take to make an ocular prosthesis? It usually takes 4-5 appointments to complete the design process. This can span over 1-2 weeks, depending on your schedule. How long does an ocular prosthesis last? Typically, a prosthetic eye lasts about 5 years before it needs to be replaced. Tissue changes in the socket, anatomical growth, and breakdown of the acrylic are the primary reasons for replacement. Due to anatomical growth, prosthetics in children tend to last 3-4 years before requiring replacement. How often should a prosthetic eye be polished? We recommend a polish every 6 months for most patients. This visit allows us to remove the built-up protein, bacteria and scratches on the prosthetic surface. We also examine the fit of the prosthesis and the condition of your tissue and eyelids. Is a prosthetic eye or scleral shell cosmetic? The purpose of a prosthetic eye and scleral shell is to return the eye socket to normal volume, eyelid function and lacrimal function. Since they are medically necessary, ocular prosthetics are covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. My child was born with microphthalmia, is an ocular prosthesis necessary? A scleral shell can help the proper development of the facial structures by adding necessary volume and pressure. The presence of the scleral shell helps the eyelids, fissure opening, and orbital tissues grow and maintain appropriate size and shape. Can I wear an eyepatch as my eye heals? It is possible to wear an eye patch during this healing period. If you choose to do so, please consider a mesh patch to allow proper airflow and promote the reduction of swelling. Our shop has some great eye patch options. Other options include putting a couple layers of scotch tape or paper tape on your eyeglass lens, an eyepatch bandage or gauze. Check out our custom eye patch design page for more information. What are other names for a prosthetic eye? Ocular prosthesis, artificial eye, fake eye, acrylic eye, glass eye What is the history of prosthetic eyes? Prior to World War II, ocular prosthetics were made of specialized blown glass that collapsed to form a concave shape. During and after World War II this glass became increasing difficult to obtain. Soon, acrylic and other plastic polymers were used for many of the uses previously exclusive to glass. An exciting use of this new material was for prosthetic eyes or ocular prosthetics. Acrylic revolutionized the art and process of making artificial eyes. In comparison to glass, acrylic provided a more natural appearance, better fit and improved comfort. Glass prosthetic eyes frequently needed replacing and broke easily. Acrylic improved the techniques for making prosthetic eyes such as impression molding, blending and allowed for easier changes in shape, color or size of an ocular prosthesis. What is the history of Yamout Optical Center Eye Design? Yamout Optical Center comes from a long history of eye makers in the Lebanon and UK stretching back nearly 40 years! In 2018, We start use 3D printing and scanner we are 3 top of the world use this teach we make the artificial since 1978 over 40 years.

What kind of results can I expect?
Results vary from person to person and are dependent on factors such as age, type of surgery and implant, and general condition of the eye socket. See examples of actual patient results for a general idea of optimal results.

However please discuss your anticipated results with the ocularist at your visit. How do I care for my prosthesis? Artificial eyes are made out of material that will craze (crack) if it comes in contact with alcohol or any chemical product containing alcohol.

The proper way of cleaning the eye is simply washing with warm water and buffing with a soft cloth. Some users prefer to soak the eye in saline cleaning solution (similar to that used for contact solution) although if you experience significant protein buildup, you should contact us for cleaning and polishing. How do I remove the eye? Most patients simply pull the eyelid upwards and look down, then gently push the eye out of the socket.

There are suction cups available that can be used as well. If using a suction cup make sure to tilt the top of the prosthesis and slide it downwards.

How is an artificial eye made? How can I achieve movement of the prosthesis? Movement is dependent on the implant used by your ophthalmologist and on the type of surgery performed. Some movement is usually possible depending on the condition of the socket. Read more about hydroxyapatite implants or discuss this with your ocularist. When should I use an eye patch? You should use an eye patch as directed by your ophthalmologist or if you wish to conceal your socket until your prosthesis is fitted.

Will people notice that I have an artificial eye? Patient results vary from case to case, however, many people have artificial eyes and successfully conceal this from the public (and in some cases, even from close family and friends!) Please share any concerns you have regarding the results of your prosthesis with your ocularist.

What material is used in making the prosthetic? Eye prosthetics are made using dimensionally stable, medical quality PMMA Acrylic. This is the same material used in some hip replacements and related procedures and it has been found to be very bio-compatible after being surgically inserted into the body therefore allergies to the material are highly unlikely. Is an artificial eye considered cosmetic by my insurance? There are very few insurance policies that consider artificial eyes purely cosmetic since they do function as a protective device to the eye socket.

Some policies only cover a portion of the prosthesis, while others cover it at 100%. Please contact your insurance company to obtain benefit information, or contact your Ocularist and we can obtain benefit information for you. What is the youngest a child can be fitted? Patients as young as 6 months of age have been fitted with a prosthesis.

It is important that infants and children be evaluated by the ophthalmologist and referred to have an artificial eye made. If children are not fit with an eye and do require them, facial asymmetry can result as the child grows and develops.

What is a scleral shell? A scleral shell is similar to an artificial eye with the difference being the depth of the posterior. A shell covers the eye that has not had a full enucleation (removal of the eye) and can be used with phthisical eye patients or those that have had injuries.

Your ophthalmologist will refer you to have the proper item fit. In case of emergency or loss of the prosthetic, what information should family and friends know? Anyone who may come in contact with the prosthesis should know not to place it in rubbing alcohol or related products.

What do I do if I have irritation, swelling, or pain? If you are experiencing pain that is related to the prosthesis, please contact your Ocularist immediately. If you are experiencing general irritation, discharge, and discomfort with your eye socket please contact your ophthalmologist immediately.