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 that fits snugly into the eye socket and resembles the fellow eye. The ocular prosthetics are usually made from acrylic, but may be referred to as a glass eye. Polycarbonate optical lenses should then be worn at all times to protect the fellow eye. The health of the eye socket must be monitored by Dr Zatezalo, as anophthalmic sockets (a socket without an eye) have the propensity to have oncologic problems. The ocular prosthetic is usually cleaned every 6 months to a year, and replaced approximately every 5 years.
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 Zatezalo will discuss your options regarding a potential solution.
Anophthalmia: The Expert's Guide to Medical and Surgical Management, Conservative Treatment of Congenital Clinical Anophthalmos. Chapter 19.
Functional / Reconstructive
*This webpage is for informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed with a physician.