How do I insert and remove the artificial eye?

Please review the instructions for insertion and removal.
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Why do I get build-up on the artificial eye?

Build-up on the surface of the prosthesis can result in a dull appearance and a dry scratchy feeling. Unlike a natural eye, the prosthetic cannot shed natural deposits of salt from tear evaporation, or build-up of foreign particles such as dead tissue cells, smoke, dust, pollen and other airborne debris which gradually collects on the surface of the prosthetic. The common term for this build up is protein deposit and can be removed by a re-glazing of the prosthesis by the ocularist.

How should I clean and handle the artificial eye?

Frequency of cleaning of the artificial eye varies from person to person. Ideally, it should not need to be removed and cleaned except by the ocularist on an annual visit. However, some individuals need more frequent care. The factors that can affect this are:

  • Medications
  • Socket Problems
  • Work and seasonal climate environments
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Diet

Some people prefer to remove and clean their prosthetic periodically using mild soap or baby shampoo with warm water rinse. This is a recommended procedure for those that need more frequent care. However, patients should be aware of the risk of infection or contact allergies due to improper hygiene when handling the eye. So always wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eye.

It is most common for patients to receive bi-annual cleaning by their ocularist.


How long does it take?
A conventional prosthesis will usually be made over three appointments through the course of one day. Scleral shells may require further appointments, occasionally over two days.

What is it made of?
Prosthetic eyes are made of polymerized methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) which is an acrylic plastic.

How often do I need a new eye?

Due to break down of the acrylic plastic, it is recommended to replace the artificial eye every 5 to 7 years to maintain optimum health in the socket.


Does it hurt?
No, fitting the prosthesis does not cause pain. Mild discomfort may occur when the impression is taken, but only lasts a moment


For further questions about the procedure and inquiries towards pricing please contact our office.



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