A. We recommend that the artificial eye not be removed unless absolutely necessary, i.e. to remove an eye lash or grit. Frequent removal may cause irritation and increased discharge.
How long will an artificial eye last?
A. A prosthetic eye has a life span of four to seven years for an adult and should be evaluated yearly. For children, a prosthetic eye may last two to five years but should be evaluated more frequently to make adjustments for their growth patterns.
What materials are used to make an artificial eye?
A. Ocular prosthetics are made from plastic polymer.
Can I wear my prosthetic eye while swimming?
A. Yes; chlorine or salt water will not harm your prosthesis. Precaution should be taken, however, as an artificial eye will not float! We recommend goggles be worn while swimming.
What is the difference between a full ocular prosthesis and a scleral shell?
A. A scleral shell usually covers a blind shrunken globe and is very thin and fragile. A full ocular prosthesis is typically required when the eye socket has been enucleated or eviscerated. A full prosthesis is thicker than a scleral shell.
Eye Prosthetics of Utah Inc.
7400 Union Park Ave., Suite 102
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: 801-942-1600 Fax: 801-942-1717