If you have lost an eye due to an injury or disease, you have options to restore normal appearance. You can have an artificial eye implant, sometimes called a prosthetic eye, placed in the eye socket. While this will not restore your sight, today’s artificial eyes look very natural and can move. If you have lost an eye, you may be an excellent candidate for an artificial eye implant in St. Louis.
Your artificial eye is custom-made to match your other eye exactly. The pupil even becomes larger or smaller just like a normal pupil as you move in and out of dark and light areas. The eye may be made of glass, silicone, or hydroxyapatite, a substance found in bones.
What is Surgery for Loss of an Eye Like?
The eye socket usually must be prepared before the artificial eye can be placed. This may involve an initial surgery to remove some tissue from the socket. A temporary implant may be placed at that time in order to properly prepare the socket for the artificial eye.
After another two months or so, you will be ready for your artificial eye, which is custom-made based on a mold of your eye socket. This assures that it will fit properly and match your other eye. The custom-made prosthetic may take as many as three months to create, however.
You will be given a general anesthetic for this procedure, which means that you will be fully asleep and under a ventilator.
Recovery from Surgery for Loss of an Eye
Dressings are applied to the eyes for about three days after each surgery, and you will be given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory/pain medications. Your dressings will be removed in about a week.
After your artificial eye surgery, you should return to our office annually for maintenance of the prosthetic. Salt and protein deposits collect over time and must be removed. You may not need to remove the eye yourself for cleaning, but you may find that regular use of eye drops is more comfortable for you, as artificial eyes can sometimes create a “dry eye” condition.
This surgery is very safe, but infection is the most common complication. This is why you will be automatically given antibiotics afterward.
Call our office today at (314) 567-3567 for a consultation if you have suffered loss of an eye and wish to explore surgery for restoring your normal function and appearance.