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The sudden need to make use of prosthetic eyes after an unexpected eye-damaging situation often comes with some level of worry, fear and questions in the patient’s mind. We will address some questions you might have concerning the use of prosthetic eyes.

How often should I replace my prosthetic eye?

Most ocular prosthetics last for as long as ten years. But your eye care provider might recommend a replacement between 3-5 years for health reasons regarding the tissues of the affected eye socket where the prosthetic eye is being used. One important thing is to always keep up with your scheduled eye checkup appointment with your doctor. The observations made would determine if you need a replacement or a break from using your prosthetic eye.

Should I remove my prosthetic eye regularly, like contact lenses?

Your prosthetic eye is not like contact lenses and eyeglasses that are removed daily. So it is not recommended except especially advised by your doctor. As long as your eye feels comfortable. You are however advised to remove and soak it overnight in the cleaning and disinfecting solution at least once a month. However, if there is an accumulation of residual secretion deposits on its surface, you may need to do it more regularly. Always carefully follow your doctor’s recommended procedure for cleaning and maintenance.

Will my prosthetic eye move in synch with my natural eye?

Most prosthetic eyes will move like natural eyes. However, the amount of movement from the prosthetic eye will depend on the condition of the would-be prosthetic eye socket or damaged eye before and after surgery. As much as possible, the eye surgeon would transfer the most possible movement to the prosthetic eye to maximize synchronous movement with the natural eye.

Will my eye socket housing the prosthetic eye still have normal tear flow?

Eye removal surgery does not affect your ability to produce tears. However, the ocular prosthesis is manufactured from a hard, acrylic plastic that does not retain tears easily. This can cause the overproduction of tears, which is common in children. Environmental and personal health factors such as swimming at the beach and allergic reactions can lead to socket irritation, resulting in the overproduction of tears.

Is it safe to engage in sporting activities with a prosthetic eye on?

You are free to engage in sports with your prosthetic eye in use. However, you must wear the specific safety eyewear for each sport. This is very important when swimming, so you must always make use of your water goggles to protect your eye socket and prosthetic eye from possibly contaminated water from the swimming pool.

Despite the difficulty in adjusting to a new life with a prosthetic eye, proper care, management and necessary communication with your eye doctor can make the journey worthwhile. Contact us for more information on prosthetic eye use and care.