Is there a need to replace my ocular prosthesis?
With normal aging, the prosthesis can become ill-fitting as a result of changes in the socket soft tissues. The prosthesis can become no longer compatible with these tissues, and, as a result individuals may experience increased discomfort or discharge.
The average life expectancy of your plastic prosthesis can range from three to five years in the average adult, and two to three years for children and adolescents.
Small children should be seen by their ocularist approximately every six months, while adults should be seen yearly. These visits will allow your ocularist to evaluate the fitting, socket conditions, and to polish your prosthesis.
What is the process of making a new ocular prosthesis or scleral shell?
The process of making a new prosthesis can be done in as quickly as one day. First, to fit the eye, we will take an impression of your socket using alginate. This is a painless process that helps determine the correct shape and size. We will then turn this impression into wax, which we can adjust by adding or scraping away to determine the best fit. During this time, we will also hand paint an iris button to match the color of your eye. The second step of the day-long process is the painting. We will hand paint the eye with oil paints to match the color of your eye. After the painting, we process the eye to add the clear plastic coating which will be pumiced and polished.
What type of problems could be experienced with my new artificial eye?
Some people who wear an ocular prosthesis may experience some form of discharge or mattering from the socket. This may be a result of excessive handling, rubbing, or removal of the eye, poor socket hygiene, lid problems, or lack of normal tearing. People who are prone to sinus type allergies or are exposed to dirty environments may experience more secretions. An improper fitting prosthesis may also result in excessive discharge or discomfort.
If you are experiencing abnormal amounts of discharge, this should be discussed with your ocularist or ophthalmologist.
When do I have to remove my prosthesis?
The general rule of thumb for removing your ocular prosthesis is, if it isn't bothering you, you can leave it in. If you must remove your prosthesis, first wash and rinse your hands.
How do I care for my prosthesis?
We recommend that you get your prosthesis professionally polished at least once a year, which removes any plaque and scratches and helps retain the comfort of the prosthesis. The ocular prosthesis may be washed in mild soap or baby shampoo, making sure to rinse thoroughly before re-inserting.
How do I insert and remove my prosthesis?
What will my insurance cover at Ocu-Labs Inc?
If insurance coverage is available, we will assist you in every possible way to obtain full benefits of your policy. However, it should be noted that the patient, or a parent or guardian is always responsible for payment, and sometimes it is necessary to obtain a prior authorization and physician referral before work can begin.