Category Archives: Patient Education

How To Clean Your Artificial Eye

Your artificial eye is best cleaned by a board certified ocularist. This should be done every 6 months, and for some people, even more frequently. Every single patient is different, and you should receive an assessment from your ocularist on the cleaning regimen that is exactly right for you. Caring for an artificial eye is an ongoing process, and as your body changes, you may need to adjust how you maintain your eye. While there are products on the market, similar to jewelry cleaning kits, that can be used to clean the prosthesis, this does not preclude the benefit received by seeing your ocularist regularly. In fact, many people fall back on such kits and neglect their important ocularist visits. This can lead to the eye getting irritated, inflamed and even a contracted socket that surgery cannot address. Just as you may do your own dental cleaning at home, this does...
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How To Take Care Of Your Prosthetic Eye

Every single person is different, and your ocularist will have recommendations tailored specifically to you. These recommendations may include periodic removal, cleaning of the prosthesis with water and a tissue, and then careful inspection of the eye to insure no tissue residue is left on the prosthesis prior to reinsertion (which can cause a serious eye infection). An ocularist may recommend such a regimen daily, to every few months, depending on the eye wearer's condition. The uniqueness of the maintenance regimen should be discussed thoroughly with a Board Certified Ocularist, and not be left to the patient's discretion. Connect with us on John Stolpe + ...
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Adapting To Monocular Vision

Losing an eye is a major trauma that has ramifications which reverberate in people's lives. However, it is possible to completely adapt to this different experience, and to thrive. There are many adjustments that people must make when they lose an eye. These are physical as well as psychological. Physically, people may encounter challenges with depth perception and their sense of surroundings. Some people may miss a wall or a door that is right next to them, and frequently bump into things (for this reason, it's highly recommended that you wear polycarbonate lenses so that you protect your vision in your remaining eye). Balance, grasping objects, and playing certain sports can also be challenges. An occupational therapist may help you adjust to some of these difficulties. Psychologically, losing an eye can be extremely traumatic, particularly for those people who lose an eye unexpectedly. People develop a sense of self, and...
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