Suffering eye trauma can feel embarrassing and demoralizing, not to mention painful. However, it is important for those who have sustained an injury to remember that they are not alone. Accidents can and do happen in life. It is recommended that those suffering eye injury seek counseling and therapy to deal with the many emotional issues surrounding their accident.
The good news within this sad subject is that there are excellent options for patients to overcome their eye injury, readjust to life, and look and feel extremely “normal.”
Side Effects of Eye Trauma and Eye Injury
When people suffer eye trauma, one of the common side effects to loss of eye or vision is that they must deal with a significant change to their physical appearance. They may have a discolored eye, their eye may be misaligned, or they may have had their eye removed altogether. This is where the ocularist comes in, and one area where we can truly help people regain a sense of normalcy.
In all of the above cases of eye disfigurement, an ocularist helps by creating a prosthetic eye or scleral shell to either fit in the patient’s socket, or over their existing eye, much like a hard contact lens. It is important for people to understand that, even if they still have an eye but it is simply unslightly (doesn’t look great), an ocularist can be of immense help by creating a piece that looks almost identical to their remaining eye. This helps patients to feel comfortable going about their day, and helps others to feel comfortable around them as well. Please read more about some misunderstandings surrounding scleral shells and artificial eyes here.
Eye Trauma Specialist – John Stolpe of Los Angeles, CA
Getting the best possible artificial eye is a combination of fit and color. We discuss our color processes elsewhere on the site. Achieving great fit is sometimes a complex matter involving your ocularist working within a team of eye specialists. These specialists include:
- Optometrist – Optometrists deal with glasses and optics, usually to maximize vision. In ocularistry, it is helpful to have an optometrist on the team who can prescribe cosmetic optics as prescribed by the ocularist. These lenses enhance the appearance of the prosthesis and maximize symmetry.
- Ophthalmologist – An Ophthalmologist is the doctor of the eye. Their specialties range widely, from retina to cornea doctors and everything in between. A patient who has lost an eye may need different ophthalmologic specialties depending on their exact situation and their complications.
- Oculoplastic Surgeon – An oculplastic surgeon is a plastic surgeon of the eye. Often these surgeons do other facial procedures, including fillers, Botox and other injectibles.
- ASOPRS – a Board Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon, representing years of competency and training
- Anaplastologist – An anaplastologist is somebody trained in fabricating artificial body parts other than limbs. This may include part of a face or an ear.
It is important, when choosing an ocularist, to find someone with experience working with all of these specialists, and has good relationships with them.
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