A 48 year old patient had a painfully blind right eye for which he wanted resolution with best aesthetic outcome. Seen in the picture above is the Before surgery (above) and After customised Prosthesis fitting (below) of the Right eye.
A Customized ocular prosthesis (prosthetic eye) surgery is considered when we have to remove an eye due to one of the following reasons:
1. Eye Cancer (for example Retinoblastoma in children)
2. Irreparable eye injury due to trauma (children & adults)
3. Cosmetically disfigured eyeball with no hope of visual rehabilitation and which may or may not be painful.
There are two stages in achieving great outcomes like in this case.
Stage 1- #Surgery performed by an #oculoplastic surgeon. The surgery involves #Enucleation (eyeball being removed)/#Eviceration (the contents of the eyeball removed retaining the outer white scleral shell) and globe volume is then replaced with an appropriately sized #orbital #implant.
Stage 2- After the eye socket heals which takes about 6 weeks, an #ocularist (a professional who fabricates prosthetic eyes) then fabricates a customised ocular prosthesis which fits perfectly in the patient’s socket. This prosthetic eye looks similar to the other eye including co-ordinated movements making it look natural.
For more details check out this detailed article about Customised Ocular prosthesis surgery.