ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROSTHETIC EYE AND ENUCLEATION SURGERY
The main purpose of a prosthetic eye is to create a more natural and balanced facial appearance, filling the eye socket where the eye is missing.
This option is preferable to wearing an eye patch or bandage if a patient loses an eye.
Having a prosthetic eye will immediately boost your confidence following the loss of an eye. Also, it is easy and comfortable to wear and maintain.
You can use your ocular prosthesis during your everyday activities. You can even still cry since your eyes can make tears in the eyelids.
What Is A Prosthetic Eye?
An ocular prosthesis, glass eye, or artificial eye replaces an absent natural eye following surgical eye removal. This includes a procedure called enucleation and evisceration surgery.
Enucleation surgery is the medical term for the surgical removal of the entire eyeball.
Conversely, evisceration is the procedure where the eye’s contents are removed, leaving the outer white shell (sclera) with eye muscle attachments intact.
After the natural eye is removed, the new prosthetic eye fits over an orbital implant and goes under the eyelids.
It works as a ball-and-socket joint. So, it is not a simple glass sphere.
Prosthetic eyes are used to improve your facial appearance after you lose an eye due to trauma, eye injury, eye cancer, severe infection, or advanced glaucoma. Also, prosthetic eyes are used in any condition that causes permanent, unmanageable pain in a blind eye that needs to be removed.
An ocular prosthesis does not provide vision, though. A patient with an ocular prosthesis will remain blind on the affected side and have a monocular (one-sided) vision.
In some cases, instead of an ocular prosthesis, you could use painted contact lenses or a “scleral shell,” which can be used over a damaged or eviscerated eye.
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on November 29, 2021