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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 […]

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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 […]

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How much does a prosthetic eye cost?

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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