Prosthetic Eye & Socket Repair
There are unfortunately situations when an eye should be removed from the eye socket. In these cases, an implant is usually placed into the eye socket after the removal of the eye to compensate for the loss of orbital volume. After the eye socket has healed, a molding is then made to create an ocular prosthetic (glass eye) that fits snugly into the eye socket and resembles the fellow eye. Ploycarbonate lenses should then be worn at all times to protect the fellow eye. The health of the eye socket must be monitored by an oculoplastic surgeon to prevent potential complications. The ocular prosthetic is usually cleaned every 6 months to
a year, and replaced approximately every five years depending on the patient. If you are having problems retaining your prosthetic in your eye you may need a new prosthetic or a socket revision/reconstruction. There are many problems that can arise after the removal of an eye. These problems can lead to obvious asymmetry of the face and orbit. Dr. Zatezalo has extensive training and interest in correcting problems arising from anophthalmic sockets. He has written on novel techniques and approaches for patients and children with anophthalmic sockets. Dr. Zatezalowill discuss your options regarding a potential solution.