Contact lenses are understandably popular. They have the ability to change people’s eye color, they are light and thin. At this point, contact lens producers have a strong control of the marketplace. Lenses are ubiquitous and well known to the point that when people have a damaged eye, they look at a contact lens as the least intrusive — AND ONLY — approach to fixing a damaged or disfigured eye.
The contact lens is the easy approach.
The truth is that, in certain situations, a prosthesis is far better. For example, we often see situations of minor trauma where the eye no longer looks normal. An auto accident may cause a retina to detach and the eye turn more red. If the patient has a slightly disfigured eye, the contact lens can move and even fold, which can be painful and dangerous. A prosthesis is manufactured to fit perfectly and comfortably to the cornea of a patient. Another major benefit of prosthetic eyes is that they do not need to be changed nearly as frequently as contact lenses. A prosthesis is flush fit, filling the entire volume of the socket, which makes it stable, comfortable and self-cleaning in most cases. And finally, a prosthesis is much more economical over time.
However because of common misconceptions that ocular prosthetics are glass eyes and need to be removed, many patients do not even know how much more comfortable they would be with a prosthetic eye than they are with a contact.
Most prosthetic eyes are actually shells that fit over existing eyes. People who can see can wear one, all the way to someone who cannot see at all, as a prosthesis can be made to let light through. We see many people in public and in society who could benefit from a prosthesis and don’t get one because of these misconceptions of prosthetic eyes.
We invite you to explore a prosthesis as a superior, more comfortable, more economical and more anatomically healthy alternative to contact lenses.
John Stolpe is an Ocularist based in Los Angeles, California. At the office of Advanced Artificial Eyes, we create prosthetic eyes for individuals who want to live comfortably. John Stolpe works tirelessly to produce the absolute highest quality prosthetic eyes to help each and every one of his patients.