It is natural to think that removing an eye is the absolute last resort. To the medical team dedicated to saving the eye it is the end of the road. It is understandable then that the common thinking is to preserve the eye at all costs. We understand and totally support that view.
At the same time we sometimes see cases where the eye might have been removed years earlier. One of our clients, Alan Harrison, is a case in point.
Over time the pressure in Alan’s blind eye prevented the successful use of a scleral lens. Alan tolerated the eye long after the benefit was outweighed by the adverse effects it was causing. He held the belief that he should keep the eye for as long as possible. This advice was given to him years earlier when the eye had looked very different.
If an eye is no longer functional, creates discomfort and adversely affects a person’s appearance and lifestyle, it may be time to let it go. A comfortable attractive prosthesis restores a natural appearance and is a significant boost to confidence and morale. In cases such as these the choice of eye removal (enucleation) might be of considerable benefit. What has been your experience? Is Alan’s story similar to your own? I would welcome your comments.