The artificial eye
Modern ophthalmology has made tremendous progress in recent decades. When it comes to the implementation of technological innovations, our specialty is regularly at the forefront of medicine. Nevertheless, despite all of this progress, there are still limits on what we can do. So it is unfortunately necessary in some cases to remove an eye and replace it with an artificial eye.
This can be the case:
in the presence of a malignant tumour
when a blind eye causes pain
- when a blind eye is cosmetically disfiguring
where an accident seriously injures the eye.
The “window to the soul”
Many people do not just see an organ in the eye like any other. Rather, strong emotions are associated with the eye, as numerous proverbs in various cultures prove – such as the well-known phrase “the eye is the window to the soul”.
More frightening is the idea of losing an eye. Even people who have been blind in one eye for decades – and sometimes experience severe pain are for a long time – are more willing to endure the pain than to have the blind eye removed.
This behaviour is partly due to the fears associated with removal of the eye is, and from not knowing about the excellent cosmetic results that can be achieved with modern surgical methods.
Can you tell which one is the artificial eye?
If you are reading this webpage, you are probably seriously considering the idea of an artificial eye. You will certainly seek support and advice from your family and friends. However, this is a situation that’s new for your family and friends and it can certainly be overwhelming. The best thing here is the conversation with a trained specialist.
We work with experienced physicians as therapists who can empathize with your situation very well because they are not meeting it for the first time. Talk to us, we can arrange an appointment with a trained doctor.
The “Artificial Eye”
Most people believe that an “artificial eye” is a “glass marble” with an eye drawn on the front. It is not so. Rather, an “artificial eye” consists of the invisible implant located in the depth of the eye socket and a thin shell, the actual prosthesis, which sits on the conjunctiva-covered implant.
This prosthesis is made by hand by a specialist, called an ocularist, so that it is deceptively similar to your natural eye. It consists of either glass or plastic. Such a prosthesis can be worn day and night. However, it should be taken out every 1–2 weeks and cleaned with water. You can easily do this yourself after you’ve received instructions from the ocularist.