Ocular prostheses (artificial eyes) are used when the patient’s own eye has been removed (enucleated or eviscerated). The loss of the eye leads, in addition to the aesthetic change, to a retraction of the conjunctival sac and to deformities due to palpebral adhesions, for which reason the use of an ocular prosthesis is advisable. Although there are already manufactured prostheses (stock), it is best to make an exact mold of the socket to obtain a custom-made
ocular prosthesis. Our ocular prostheses are made to measure in a material composed of acrylic resins, approved for medical use according to European directives.
Among the most difficult problems encountered in the manufacture of ocular prostheses are the proper configuration of the pupil and the colouration of the iris, with its smooth transition, without net limits, towards the white of the eye. The ocular prosthesis, the manufacture of which is truly an art, must resemble the living eye as much as possible. This is not intended to attract attention as a specialized aesthetic work, if not precisely the opposite: we want the existence of a surgery to go completely unnoticed. For such reason it is necessary that patients visit us in our cabinet in more than one occasion so that the adaptation of a custom-made ocular prosthesis is successful.
In the first visit we proceed to take the measurements of the eye and extract an identical mold of the area to be treated. During the second visit, the mold that has been made is tested and colour tests are made. The objective of this visit is to achieve a correct centering and and exact colour. To ensure that every detail is of the highest quality, we need the presence and collaboration of the patient. In the third visit, the final retouches are made to the prosthesis.