How is a prosthetic eye made? A guide from our ocularist at Sydney Artificial Eyes
A prosthetic eye, also known as a false eye or artificial eye, is a medical device that is used to replace an eye that has been surgically removed or is missing due to an injury or congenital condition.
Prosthetic eyes are custom-made to fit the individual patient's eye socket and are designed to closely match the appearance of a natural eye.
The process of making a prosthetic eye typically begins with a visit to an ocularist, a specialist who makes and fits prosthetic eyes. The ocularist will take a mold of the patient's eye socket to create a custom-fit prosthetic eye. The mold is used to create a wax model of the prosthetic eye, which is then used to cast the final prosthetic eye in acrylic or other biocompatible material.
The prosthetic eye is hand-painted by the ocularist to match the color and appearance of the patient's other eye. The iris, the colored part of the eye, is typically painted using very fine brushes and layers of paint to create a realistic and detailed appearance.
The prosthetic eye is then fitted to the patient's eye socket and adjusted for comfort and natural movement.
Prosthetic eyes are designed to be lightweight and comfortable for the patient to wear. They are typically made from acrylic or other biocompatible materials that are safe for long-term use in the body. Prosthetic eyes are carefully crafted to match the appearance of a natural eye and to move in a natural and lifelike way.
The process of making a prosthetic eye, also known as an ocular prosthesis, involves several steps and typically involves both the patient and a trained prosthetist.
The first step is to take impressions of the patient's eye socket, which will be used to create a mold for the prosthetic eye.
The prosthetist will then use this mold to create a wax model of the prosthetic eye, which will be used to ensure a proper fit.
Once the wax model has been approved by the patient, the prosthetist will use it to create the final prosthetic eye using specialized materials such as acrylic resin or medical-grade silicone.
The color and size of the iris will be matched to the patient's other eye to achieve a natural appearance.
After the prosthetic eye has been made, the prosthetist will fit it to the patient's eye socket and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. The prosthetic eye will be carefully polished and painted to create a realistic and natural-looking appearance.
The process of making a prosthetic eye can take several weeks to complete and may require multiple appointments. It is important for the patient to work closely with the prosthetist to ensure the best possible fit and appearance of the prosthetic eye.