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How long does a prosthetic eye last?

It depends. Based on the type of eye and the materials that are used, the fit, and the age and health of the patient, the lifespan of a prosthetic eye can vary drastically. Glass eyes must be replaced yearly, whereas acrylic eyes can last up to 30 years. In a healthy adult who regularly cleans and maintains the prosthesis, an acrylic prosthetic will last the longest. For younger patients, it's recommended that the prosthetics be changed every 3-6 months. In an unhealthy patient, or a patient whose body is changing due to age, health, weight or other factors, an acrylic prosthesis should be adjusted or remanufactured as those changes occur. A Board Certified Ocularist is the best person to undertake this evaluation and make recommendations on the proper treatment. Connect with us on John Stolpe +...
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Does insurance cover the cost of an artificial eye prosthesis?

Most insurance policies such as PPO's, HMO's, EPO's, and POS cover the cost of an artificial eye prosthesis, including MediCal, Medicare and most private insurance policies. Coverage for a prosthetic eye is not covered under a vision policy. An artificial eye is considered durable medical equipment. Check with your insurance policy that you have Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage. Our office manager Debbie is here to help with any insurance questions you might have. She has over 20 years of experience in this office, and is here to assist you with any questions. Please feel free to call us so we can assist you in determining if your artificial eye is covered by insurance. Connect with us on John Stolpe +...
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Do I need to remove my prosthesis every night?

No. It is not generally recommended that a patient remove their eye in the evening. When a prosthesis is fit properly it should be comfortable and retain in the eye socket. A prosthesis that is uncomfortable and needs to be removed should likely be refit properly so it can be comfortably worn for long periods of time. That being said, there are unique cases where a person will need to remove their eye in the evening -- for example, a patient with a fully sensitive phthisical eye (an eye with the same sensitivity as a seeing eye) that uses a prosthesis for natural coloration and appearance. These are rare instances and should be discussed with your ocularist before taking on this maintenance regimen. Connect with us on John Stolpe +...
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How much does a prosthetic eye cost?

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Artificial Eye, Prosthetic Eye Cost

The cost of a prosthetic eye can range greatly around the world. Generally the cost should be related to the amount of time involved in the manufacture of the prosthesis. Is the ocularist painting the iris by hand, or using digital techniques? Digital technology can cut down greatly on the amount of time involved in producing a prosthetic eye, as well as raise the quality of the piece. Another factor in determining cost is what is the condition of the existing eye, or the eye socket? The highest end pieces, with complex treatment over several months and possibly including surgery and travel, can range in the high thousands of dollars. However, the cost varies greatly based on the time and materials involved. It is important to note that some Read more No comments share

What Is An Ocularist?

An ocularist is a health professional who specializes in prosthetic devices for the eye. This specialty combines an understanding of color and artistry with expertise in the science of the development and function of the face and eye. Your Ocularist should be Board Certified (BCO) by the American Society of Ocularists. The society offers formally structured educational program for the training of ocularists, as well as continuing education in ocular prosthetics required for recertification. An ocularist with the title Board Approved Diplomat Ocularist (BADO) has received a diploma for completing the education program from the American Society for Ocularists. This is at least a 5-year program. Ocularists can also do silicone reconstruction of lids and orbits. This field is often called anaplastology. Connect with us on John Stolpe +...
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Can I Still Drive A Car With One Eye?

Absolutely. Some people shouldn't be driving even if they have 2 seeing eyes! You may need additional mirrors and when driving at night, you should use a greater sense of caution. But there is no reason that you will need to stop driving after the loss of an eye. We have had patients who fly airplanes, ride motorcycles and even drive a fire truck. Connect with us on John Stolpe +...
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