Artificial Eyes

Frequently asked Questions

  • Do artificial eyes really look natural?
  • Yes. Artificial eyes are specially made for each patient to very closely look like their natural eyes. In most of the cases they can never be recognized by any one as artificial.

  • Will I be able to see with an artificial eye?
  • Unfortunately No. Artificial eyes are made of a special medical form of plastic that does not allow vision.

  • Are artificial eyes implanted permanently in place or are they removable?
  • Artificial eyes are removable restorations. They cannot be implanted in place. They are retained in place by going under your upper and lower eyelids so they do not fall off during regular living activities. You will however be educated on how to remove and insert your artificial eye just in case you need to clean it. You will be advised to remove and clean your artificial eye frequently (daily or weekly). It is also preferable to wear it all day and even sleep with it.

  • Do artificial eyes move?
  • Artificial eyes can move only if there is something to move them inside your eye socket. They are made through an impression of your missing eye socket, to closely fit the socket bed. If you have an eye remnant (atrophied small eye), which usually moves very well, it will move the artificial eye that is made to closely fit on it. Sometimes patients loose their natural eyes completely. In this case (in most of the cases) an ocular implant is surgically implanted inside the eye socket and is tied to the eye muscles. It therefore moves with your remaining natural eye and will move the artificial eye too. The extent of movement of your artificial eye will depend on the movement of the underlying atrophic eye or ocular implant.
    Artificial eyes move nicely with normal looks. They however do not move all the way to the right and left like your natural eye. This is because they stop at the corners of your eye socket. Fortunately no one really needs to move his eyes all the way to the right and left so it is never a problem. If extreme movement is demanded, then your artificial eye can be connected to the ocular implant with a motility peg which reproduces excellent artificial eye motility. This however is not applicable for all patients and consultation is required with your treating doctor.

  • What material is an artificial eye made of?
  • Artificial eyes are currently made of a special medical form of plastic that does not cause any damage to the underlying tissues. Unlike glass eyes, they are shatter proof (do not break even if they accidentally fall down). metal.

  • Are there types of artificial eyes?
  • Yes. There are ready made eyes and specially made ones. Ready made eyes are much cheaper and do not require many visits for construction. However in many cases, it is very difficult to find a ready made eye that closely matches your other natural eye because of the many variables in color and size of the different parts of your eye. Custom made eyes are specially constructed to match the size and color of your natural eye. They are usually the best option. Custom made eyes also fit your socket much better than ready made ones that usually have a wide space behind that collects tears, thus is less hygienic. They also supposedly do not move as good as custom made ones.

  • How long does it take to construct an artificial eye?
  • A custom made artificial eye usually requires at least 4 visits to be constructed. Timing can be scheduled to meet your demands.

  • Will I feel pain during the steps of construction?
  • No. Constructing and fitting artificial eyes does not require any surgical procedure. It all involves impressions and trial procedures inside the socket without actual pain. Discomfort that can be easily overcome by eye drops might be experienced by some patients during some of the procedures.

  • How long will an artificial eye last?
  • Artificial eyes usually last for very long times (I would say an average of 8 - 10 years for adults). However, patients need to be followed up every 6 months to 1 year to re-polish the artificial eyes, thus keeping them in an excellent healthy condition. Also minor adjustments in size are sometimes needed every few years. Artificial eyes can be adjusted without remake.

  • Is there a specific age for constructing artificial eyes?
  • No. We have been constructing artificial eyes to infants having just a few months of age. Artificial eyes at that age are important to keep the eye socket opened and prevent it from collapsing and atrophying which later on by age might result in a problem of artificial eye retention. Artificial eyes constructed and enlarged by time also induce growth of the surrounding tissues and bone, avoiding atrophy of the corresponding side of the face.