An ocular prosthesis, also known as artificial eye or glass eye, is a type of craniofacial prosthesis that replaces an absent natural eye following the removal of a damaged blind or deformed eye. The prosthesis fits over an orbital implant and under the eyelids. These prosthesis are usually custom-made to fit and match the appearance of your natural face and eyes.
Many steps are involved in reconstruction process; the damaged eye will first need to be removed, and an orbital implant is inserted to the orbital space (where the eyeball originally resides) to replace the removed eyeball. This is a crucial step and your oculoplastic surgeon will discuss with you the types of implant available and the advantages of each types. A well-performed removal of the damaged eye and implantation of an orbital implant will allow good and realistic movement of the artificial eyes later. This helps in the cosmetic appearance of the prosthesis.
Once the initial stage had healed, our resident Ocularist will craft a realistic looking artificial eye to be fixed into the implant. The final result would be a fully rehabilitated, realistic looking artificial eye with natural movements, and this will restore the cosmetic appearance of the midface and orbital region.