HealthWACH: Giving Devlyn back her baby blues
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:00:00 GMT —
Artificial or prosthetic eyes are designed to enhance the appearance of a patient who has had the unfortunate loss of an eye. A â??fake eyeâ?? includes a white outer shell and a painted iris and pupil to match the other eye. An ocularist is a doctor who custom makes the artificial eye specific to the patient. In common cases, eyes are removed due to an injury, glaucoma, eye tumors or an infection inside the eye.
A new method for prosthetic eyes is being tested to allow patients to have movement of an artificial eye. The new system contains a screw that is placed in the implant and is covered by socket tissue. Magnets are placed behind the prosthetic and covered with an acrylic material that is used to make the prosthetic. An ocularist determines how many magnets a patient needs and will fit them accordingly to the patient. Continuous care is needed keep the prosthetic healthy and functioning. This will also prevent complications within the socket.
When children are battling an eye disease or if they have been involved in an accident that caused them to lose an eye, they find it challenging to trust doctors and nurses. The constant peering, poking and solutions in the eye socket is something that nobody wants to go through, especially kids. An artificial eye is very easy to put in and take out. When kids have prosthetic eyes, they feel comfortable living a normal life and they no longer have to put up with the embarrassment that comes along with the loss. Kids will feel more confident and reassured that they can continue on with two eyes, instead of one.