The loss of an eye due to illness or injury needn’t detrimentally affect the quality of a person’s life. For most who still have their remaining sighted eye, they are still able to go about their daily lives as usual. They are still able to drive, read and work as they did before.
The main worry then, as testified by our clients, is the psychological trauma that is often derived from losing an eye. We all know that the first thing one does when meeting someone for the first time, is engage in eye contact. Eye contact is central to our communication. The eyes form a vital part of our facial expression which in turn convey our emotions and feeling towards other people.
Those who have lost an eye can feel that they are unattractive to other people, and suffer from self consciousness and low self esteem. Children can experience bullying at school, and as a result might underperform academically.
Fortunately all of these problems can be easily resolved with the aid of high quality ocular prosthesis.
What is ocular prosthesis?
An ocular prosthetic, or artificial eye, is a replacement for a biological eye lost due to illness or injury. Following surgery to safely remove the damaged eye, a spherical implant is inserted into the socket to fill the area once occupied.
A prosthetic shell is then created to cover the surface of the implant. It occupies the space between the eyelids and the skin (conjunctiva). Though the prosthetic shell cannot provide vision, it is made to bear a striking similarity to the remaining biological eye, greatly improving the cosmetic appearance of the wearer.
Here at Eyeform, we provide bespoke prosthetic shells meticulously made to meet the specific requirements of the individual. For example if a client has ptosis or a fallen lower lid, we will modify the shape and alter the volume of the eye, to correct this condition as much as possible. The iris is carefully measured to match the client’s biological eye, and the pupil is aligned central, without deviation. Each shell is hand painted to match the client’s biological one, taking into account the minute colour pigmentations of the iris, and blood vessels of the sclera (the white part of the eye). They are then glazed to ensure the colour doesn’t fade, enabling the shell to last a lifetime. (For children, prosthetic shells need to be altered or replaced as they grow and develop).
We make every effort to provide a personally tailored and caring service where we diligently look after our clients right through from the initial consultation, to the fitting of the eye, and aftercare.