The surgical procedure to remove the entire natural eye is referred to as an enucleation. The surgical procedure to remove the contents of a natural eye is referred to as evisceration.
Both procedures will require cosmetic restoration through the fitting of a prosthetic eye post surgery. Manufacturing and fitting of an artificial eye can usually begin approximately six weeks following the initial surgery.
Fitting the prosthetic eye begins with an OASA registered Ocularist taking an impression to accurately obtain the shape of the socket. Once the Ocularist has the shape of the socket, the manufacturing of the prosthesis proceeds to select the most appropriate sclera colour or the white of the eye, the iris is hand-painted to best replicate the good eye, veins are added, and then a clear layer is placed over this work to seal the prosthesis and create the impression of a natural eye. All I all, the goal is to ensure the prosthesis has optimal cosmesis, comfort, and movement.
At Eyes Alive we utilise hand painted craftsmanship to replicate the colour and details of your eye. Only natural earth pigments are used in the painting of our prosthetic eyes. These pigments provide exquisite detail, depth of colour, and vibrancy for the life of your ocular prosthesis. Please visit our Patient Photo Gallery for examples of our work. The pigments are also colourfast so that they won't fade over the lifespan of the prosthesis.
Our dedication to a “team approach” between our registered Ocularist, your referring physician, and where appropriate your Optometrist ensures that you will receive the highest quality of care, each and every time.
Your prosthesis should be looked after by yourself as well as maintained by an OASA registered Ocularist at least once a year, and it should be replaced after five years for you to ensure good socket health, comfort and best aesthetically pleasing appearance possible.