Making A New Artificial Eye
Eyes can be damaged either through trauma or disease, and as a result may may have to be removed.
This article describes to you how an artificial eye is made. If you have not seen it yet, please see our overview of how an artificial eye affects you.
An artificial eye is an acrylic prosthesis that can restore the appearance of the face. By carefully manufacturing a prosthetic eye to the correct shape, and then painting it to accurately match the other eye, we are able to deliver a natural result for most clients.
A natural results means that you will find people cannot distinguish the natural eye in normal social interaction and conversation.
There are several different kinds of eye prostheses:
- where the real eye been surgically removed, a full prosthesis is used
- for a blind or damaged eye, a haptic lens (a very thin prosthetic shell that fits over the eye) is used
A prosthetic eye will generally take five appointments, typically taking place over five to six weeks.
(Note: in our consultancy, we work with local and international clients – the duration may be shorter for international clients. Additional appointments may be required to achieve the optimum fit and colour match – there are no additional costs involved.)
The following stages show a typical eye replacement carried out over five appointments.
An impression of the eye socket is taken to determine its exact shape. This is a painless process that involves filling a syringe with impression paste and syringing the paste into the eye socket.
There is no needle on the syringe and the impression paste takes less then one minute to set. The colour of the iris is matched to support the hand painting of a new iris.
The impression is made up into a plastic shell and the front of the shell reshaped to fit exactly to the eyelid. The iris is attached and the focus adjusted.
Initial fitting and sclera (3)
The prosthetic eye is assessed for fit, and refinements identified. A special sitting is held to match the sclera (white of the eye), veins and pupil.
Second fitting (4)
A second fitting of the prosthesis is carried out and any adjustments are made. Colour is assessed carefully and required colour changes are noted.
The new eye is usually ready for final handover by the fifth visit. During this sitting the wearer and/or their primary caregiver) is shown how to handle, clean and fit the prosthesis.
Clients can return after a week or two to review fit and discuss any other questions that may have arisen.