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Anophthalmia

Anophthalmia is the medical term for the absence of one or both eyes where both the globe (human eye) and the ocular tissue are missing from the orbit. Anophthalmia is a rare condition in which one or both eyes fail to form during pregnancy. Should it occur in both eyes, the child will be born blind. Unfortunately there is no cure for anophthalmia.

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Artificial lens

An artificial eye (sometimes called a glass eye or artificial lens) or ocular prosthesis is manufactured to replace an eye that has been lost to blindness, illness or injury. Over the years ocular prostheses have been made from many different materials including glass but today we have superior materials available and the artificial eye is made from a quality acrylic. An artificial eye is fitted by an Ocularist registered with OASA, the Ocularists Association of Southern Africa.

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Blind Eye

If you would like to improve the appearance of a blind eye, a visit to one of our Ocularistry practices in either Randburg or Centurion is highly recommended. Our individually designed, custom-made prosthetic scleral shells are precisely fabricated to meet each of your very specific needs, from colour and pigmentation to comfort and fit.

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Children's Eyes

Whether your child has lost an eye due to injury or illness, was born anophthalmic or with microphthalmia, your objective is more than likely to restore your child's appearance and encourage normal eye socket development. The fitting of an ocular prosthesis (or artificial eye) is usually recommended and it is advised that this be done as soon as possible. The youngest patients Beryl Carvalho – Eyes Alive have helped were 2 month olds.

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Congenital Eye Disease

There are some eye disorders that people are born with. Congenital eye conditions are present at birth and affect the eyes or vision. Some of these defects are genetic and others can be the result of a disease (like vision loss due to German measles) or deficiency during pregnancy.

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Custom Artificial Eyes

Much like a biological eye, high grade acrylic prosthetic eyes are unique and durable. Beyond the technical aspects of Ocularistry lies the art of designing and creating an artificial eye that is realistic, beautiful and comfortable. Eyes Alive specialises in fabricating, fitting, shaping and painting ocular prostheses and our many satisfied clients are testimony to our expertise, professionalism and care.

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Enophthalmos

Is the posterior displacement of the eyeball within the orbit due to changes in the volume of the orbit (bone) relative to its contents (the eyeball and orbital fat), or loss of function of the orbitalis muscle. The posterior displacement of the eyeball within the orbit is known as enophthalmos.

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Enucleation

Are you suffering from acute eye trauma, retinoblastoma (ocular tumours) or painful blind eyes? Chances are your Ophthalmologist has recommended enucleation or you have heard a friend talk about it.

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Evisceration

An evisceration is the removal of the eye's contents, leaving the sclera and extraocular muscles intact. Evisceration is a procedure carried out to remove a diseased or painful blind eye. Put simply, the eye’s contents and cornea are removed, leaving the scleral shell (outer covering of the eye) and extraocular muscles in place.

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Eye Trauma

Physical or chemical injuries of the eye can be a serious threat to vision if not treated appropriately and in a timely fashion. The most obvious presentation of ocular (eye) injuries is redness and pain of the affected eyes.

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Haptic Shell

We are qualified Ocularists able to provide you with an eye prosthesis. Depending on your condition or injury we will advise you as to whether you require a complete ocular prosthetic or a haptic shell (also known as a scleral shell) to cover an affected eye.

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Kunsoe

Ons spesiaal ontwerpte, handegeverfde, prostetiese oë word noukeurig vervaardig na die gelang van ons pasiënte se spesifieke behoeftes. Alle prostetiese oë is handgeverf en die prostetiese oogkleur word presies geformuleer om te pas by die oog kleur van die pasiënt se funksionele oog. Die verf proses is geweldig gedetaileerd en spesifiek in terme van kleur pigmentasie van die iris asook die bloedvate in die sklera (die wit van die oog).

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Microphthalmia

Also referred as microphthalmos, is a developmental disorder of the eye in which one (unilateral microphthalmia) or both (bilateral microphthalmia) eyes are abnormally small and have anatomic malformations.

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Natural Scleral

Designed to be worn over a disfigured or discoloured eye, a scleral cover shell is a thin prosthetic eye. Covering the entire surface of the blemished eye and restoring its natural appearance, a scleral shell offers relief to patients both physically and psychologically.

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Ocular Prosthetics

An ocular prosthetic is an artificial eye. The prosthesis replaces a biological eye lost to blindness, illness or injury. An implant is inserted into the eye socket that fills the space the eyeball once occupied. Once the implant is in place a prosthetic shell is created to cover the surface of the implant. A prosthetic shell does not allow the wearer to see but it is designed to mirror the sighted or biological eye for a natural appearance.

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Phthisical Eye

When an eye has been damaged, eyesight has been lost and the eye's orb has begun shrinking to create an irregular cornea this is known as a Phthisical eye. The best way to address this condition is usually in the fitting of a scleral shell over the Phthisical eye. We have seen great results using a scleral shell.

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Polishing A Prosthesis

Your prosthetic eye should, ideally, be professionally polished every six months to a year. This recommendation is backed by certified Ocularists internationally. The majority of patients are in need of a professional polish when they experience: * Increased discharge * Irritated or itchy eyelids * A change in the eye's cosmetic appearance * A feeling of a foreign body in the socket.

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Ptosis

Ptosis is a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. Droopy eyelids? 'Droopy eyelids', or ptosis is when the upper eyelid of one (unilateral ptosis) or both eyes (bilateral ptosis) droops.

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SA Ocularist

An accredited ocular prosthetic specialist situated in Randburg, Johannesburg and Centurion, Pretoria in South Africa. For nearly 30 years, Beryl Carvalho has been dedicated to the custom designed prosthetic eye making process. Driven to create ocular prostheses that offer comfort, movement and authenticity, her work ethic is enmeshed with her passion for the art of recreating an eye that is as unique and as beautiful as a natural eye. Beryl has made so many eyes that sometimes she sees many eyes in front of her in her dreams.

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Scleral Cover

Worn over a blind shrinking eye, a scleral shell is an ocular prosthesis that fits like a large contact lens. The shell covers the entire front surface of the eyeball and its movement mirrors the sighted eye. It is designed to fit symmetrically. Our patients typically wear their scleral shells during the day and remove them at night.

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Stock Eye

There are substantial differences between custom-made and ready-made artificial eyes. While a stock eye prosthesis is very much more affordable, custom-made eye prostheses will often be the first option your Ocularist will recommend as they take into consideration the individual features and physical needs of the wearer.

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