An ocular prosthesis or artificial eye is a type of craniofacial prosthesis that replaces an absent natural eye following birth related deformities and other causes such as accidents, infections etc. Often referred to as a glass eye, the ocular prosthesis roughly takes the shape of a convex shell and is made of medical grade plastic acrylic. A variant of the ocular prosthesis is a very thin hard shell known as a scleral shell which can be worn over a damaged or eviscerated eye. An ocular prosthesis does not provide vision. Someone with an ocular prosthesis is totally blind on the affected side and has monocular (one sided) vision.
Congenital or Traumatic loss of the ear and unsatisfactory surgical reconstruction are often followed by the implant-retained auricular prosthesis as the definitive treatment. The final restoration completes the individual's quest for symmetry, anonymity and a sense of serenity that comes with having a stable and normal-looking ear. Naturalism is accomplished by selective surface treatment: leaving sheen on select cartilaginous areas and a matte finish on adjacent helix and lobe to simulate tissue much softer perhaps covered with fine vellus hair. All implant retention systems are available including the bar-clip attachment of ear prostheses. Many factors are important; from bone and soft tissue quality to lifestyle to individual personality, and we are privileged to team with surgical and prosthodontic specialists- and you- to package a prosthetic restoration that is uniquely suited to you.