Loosing any body organ, especially eye is an unpleasant situation. It can be psychologically devastating. On the other hand, every human being is blessed with two eyes, where the normal eye functioning is not affected by loosing one eye, so does the brain that compensates for the lost eye. The period of adjustment to normal routine is rather quick. As far as cosmesis is concerned, it is a major issue. Every effort is made by the oculoplastic surgeon to render the patient the most natural appearance in terms of appearance and motility.
OPEC Services offers ocular prosthetic, scleral shells, conformers, ocular implants and facial prosthetics.
Ocularistry is the art of creating a natural looking artificial eye in their absence. The custom artificial eye is an impression of an eye fitted to match the normal eye, to make it appear more natural and provide maximum motility and comfort. It snugly fits over the implant and the soft tissue; the motility of the implant is thereby transferred to the back of the artificial eye.
The ocularist carves the artificial eye as an artisan. They are made from the highest grade of medical materials. It involves high technical and creative skills and includes various meticulous steps. Initially the impression of the socket is taken and then the custom ocular prosthesis is hand painted to match the color of the other eye taking into consideration minute details like the pattern of blood vessels. Finally the ocular prosthesis is polished and ensures proper fit and comfort restoring the natural appearance almost matching the normal eye and regaining the self-confidence.
Eye removal may be necessary in the presence of intraocular tumor, after ocular trauma, to control the pain in a blind eye, uncontrolled infection of the eye and to improve cosmesis in a disfigured eye. After removal of the eye, the oculoplastic surgeon replaces the lost volume with appropriate sized spherical implant placed either in the orbit after enucleation or inside the scleral shell after evisceration. Effort is made to attach the muscles to the implant to maximize the motility. Artificial can be placed over a small shrunken eye ball to give natural look and improve cosmesis without surgery.
Frequently prosthetic fitting can be done in one day (24 hours). Occasionally a second visit may be necessary for modification. After the initial fitting, subsequent visits with the ocularist will be in 6 months and yearly thereafter. Prosthetic revisions may be required in children with growing anatomical contour of the eye and face. In adults it may be revised once in 4-5 years.
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