Orbital Prostheses

Frequently asked Questions

  • Do orbital prostheses really look natural?
  • Yes. Orbital prostheses constructed in our office using the latest technology in materials and equipment, do look natural in most of the cases. It is always advisable, however to wear thick dark framed eyeglasses to camouflage the prosthesis margins and at the same time protect the natural other eye.

  • Is there a way to reconstruct a fixed non-removable restoration?
  • Unfortunately there is no way to construct a fixed restoration for the eye.

  • What material is an artificial eye with eyelids 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). The eyelids are however made of medical grade silicone, which is a soft elastic material to closely resemble the skin texture. Artificial or natural hair is always added to the eyelids to form eyebrows and eyelashes.

  • How is an orbital prosthesis retained in place?
  • In most of the cases, orbital prostheses can be retained in place using medical grade adhesives, which is a medical form of glue. A more advanced method is using osseointegrated craniofacial implants, where the prosthesis is attached to titanium screws fixed in the orbital bones. This provides better and more secure retention.

  • How long does it take to construct an orbital prosthesis?
  • It takes about 2 – 3 weeks.

  • Can the prosthesis be worn all the time?
  • Prostheses can be worn most of the time. However, they should not be worn when bathing, sleeping, or during contact sport activities.

  • How long does a prosthesis last?
  • Prostheses degrade over time due to several factors. Because of this, they are remade approximately every two to four years. Thin edges of prostheses can tear, color can fade over time, smoke can discolor the silicone material, and eyelashes can come out. However, prostheses last longer if they are well cared for and maintained. Implant retained prostheses may have an extended useful life because of the elimination of adhesive products.