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Miss Beautiful Ava Hainsworth and her Artificial Eye

This site has been established by ocularists Paul Geelen & Jenny Geelen. Our aim is to provide relevant information and support for people who have or will need an artificial eye.

One of the important features of the site is stories-of-eye-loss where we encourage people to share stories about living with an artificial eye. Please feel free to browse.

We value your feedback and any suggestions would be gratefully received.

If you – or someone close to you – has recently experienced eye loss, you may feel isolated and afraid of what might be in store.

We get to talk to a lot of people who experience eye loss and enter the world of artificial eyes.

Alongside grief, you are probably dealing with fear of the unknown. We have found that medical information about eye loss isn’t enough. “How will it affect my life?” is a question you may want answered.

For you to understand how artificial eyes affect your daily life, it helps to read how other people have dealt with it. The emotions they felt, the practicalities of daily life and the humour.

Eye loss has many causes, including retinoblastoma (eye cancer) and eye trauma. It affects people differently. Eye loss affects not just the person who has lost an eye. Family and close friends may also find it a difficult time.

Emotional response

Eye loss triggers an emotional response. Different people react in different ways. Parents of children who lose an eye often face major emotional upheaval. Family and close friends are often affected as well.

The right information can assist you in understanding what will happen, and how to deal with the practical side of eye loss. Hearing the stories of others who have lost an eye is something that will help emotionally. We have designed this website to address both the informational and the emotional aspects of eye loss.

Physical Response and Facts

Understanding how an artificial eye is made and fitted and what life is like with an artificial eye is an important part of dealing with eye loss.

Keep in mind that in many cases (but not all) it is possible to have an artificial eye that looks just like a natural eye.

Ocularists. We have prepared some factual information for you about what an Ocularist does, and what to expect if you need a consultation with one.

How an Artificial Eye is Made. This article describes the process of making an artificial eye, which is usually accomplished over about 5 appointments.

Going Home After Surgery. Discusses issues to consider during the six weeks before an eye prosthesis can be made.

Eye Maintenance. Information about the day to day maintenance of your artificial eye.

Polishing an Artificial Eye. Information about polishing artificial eyes, often on an annual basis.

Web Links. Links to information about artificial eyes and Ocularists.

Terminology

Sometimes you will hear an artificial eye referred to as an eye prosthesis or a prosthetic eye – they are all the same thing.

Sometimes people refer to a glass eye. An Ocularist will not often use glass these days, as we have much better materials available. In some highly specialised cases a glass eye may still be required. But because a real glass eye is so rare, calling an artificial eye a glass eye is usually not accurate.

Information on this website

Paul Geelen, Jenny GeelenPlease use our website to help with:

  • Consultations – if there is an urgent need to discuss an issue or arrange a consultation, please contact us by telephone. Personal consultations are available, by arrangement, in Australia (Perth and Darwin), Dili, Manila or Dubai. Australian and International consultations are scheduled to provide ongoing care.
  • Eye information – we publish information and facts about how we make artificial eyes, going home after surgery, maintaining an artificial eye, and links to other sources of information.
  • Stories of eye loss – read the stories of other people who have experienced eye loss. We also have some stories printed in the media.
  • Blog – We post regularly in our Blog about our perspectives on eye loss and artificial eyes, and how we approach our work. We invite you to comment or raise any questions.
  • History – help contribute to the history of artificial eyes in Australia

If you have any questions at all, please contact us by email using the form below.

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