Making prosthetic eyes for pediatric and child patients requires a delicate and careful process to ensure that the prosthesis fits properly and looks natural.
The process typically involves several steps, including taking a mold of the patient's eye socket, creating a custom-fit prosthesis, and painting and finishing the prosthesis to match the patient's natural eye color.
First, an ocularist (a specialist in making and fitting prosthetic eyes) will take a mold of the patient's eye socket. This is typically done using a soft, pliable material that is carefully inserted into the socket and allowed to harden. The mold is then removed and used as a guide for creating the prosthesis.
Next, the ocularist will create the prosthesis using a variety of materials, including acrylic plastic, silicone, and glass. The prosthesis is custom-made to fit the patient's eye socket, ensuring a comfortable and natural fit.
Once the prosthesis is created, it must be carefully painted and finished to match the patient's natural eye color. This is done by layering different colors of paint onto the prosthesis and blending them together to create a realistic and natural look. The ocularist will also add details, such as veins and iris patterns, to further enhance the realism of the prosthesis.
After the prosthesis is painted and finished, it is fitted to the patient's eye socket. This is done by carefully inserting the prosthesis into the socket and making any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and natural fit. The ocularist may also need to make additional adjustments to the prosthesis over time as the patient grows and their eye socket changes shape.
Overall, making prosthetic eyes for pediatric and child patients requires a combination of skill, experience, and attention to detail. By working closely with the patient and their family, an ocularist can create a prosthesis that looks natural and helps the child feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.