Have you lost an eye and would like to have an ocular prosthesis in Barcelona?

Following an accident or illness, it is sometimes necessary to remove the eye (ocular enucleation surgery) or its contents (ocular evisceration surgery, which is the most common). The space left empty is then filled with an artificial eyeball. On the implant, the patient's tissues surrounding the eye are closed and an artificial eye, the ocular prosthesis, is placed over it. In addition to its aesthetic role, this prosthesis is essential for the maintenance of the orbital cavity.

At Turó Park Clinics we are fortunate to have an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic reconstructive surgeon who specialises in ocular prostheses. If you would like to have one fitted or are looking for more information about them, do not wait to make an appointment with him.

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What is an ocular prosthesis?

An ocular prosthesis is a medical device made of synthetic resin that is inserted to fill the void left by a missing, traumatised or atrophied eye. This prosthesis is made to measure in an ocular prosthesis laboratory.

The aim of this ocular prosthesis is to restore a natural appearance to the eye and to give the patient a harmonious look and face. The diversity of shapes and colours offered by the ocularist allow the eye to be reproduced identically to the valid eye.

In what cases is an ocular prosthesis needed?

An ocular prosthesis cannot restore sight, but it does help people to return to social life quickly without having to wear an unsightly bandage or bear the gaze of others.

It is particularly indicated for people who have lost an eye as a result of one of the following situations

  • Trauma: road accident, domestic accident, etc.
  • Congenital malformation
  • Irreversible damage due to inflammatory conditions
  • Complications following a surgical operation
  • Complications following a disease (herpes, neovascular glaucoma, etc)

What are the steps involved in fitting an ocular prosthesis?

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Step 1: The preliminary consultation

The first step of the treatment consists of a consultation with our specialist ophthalmologist. Based on his diagnosis, he will prescribe an ocular prosthesis corresponding to the disease or trauma of your eye.

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Step 2: Making the prosthesis

In the second stage, you will have to visit the ocularist (or ocular prosthesist) to have your eye made to measure.

The first appointment is generally devoted to taking eye prints and biometric measurements of the eye.

The last appointment is devoted to the delivery and fitting of the ocular prosthesis.

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Step 3: Follow-up

Once your ocular prosthesis is in place, you will need to see your ophthalmologist regularly to check the prosthesis.

If your prosthesis is damaged or worn out, it will be necessary to renew it.

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Our answers to the most frequently asked questions about ocular prosthesis

Can I go to the pool or the sea and swim with my ocular prosthesis?

Yes, you can swim with an ocular prosthesis without any problem. You just have to be careful not to lose it and avoid swimming goggles that put too much pressure on the eyelids. Scuba diving is not recommended, however, to avoid excessive pressure from the prosthesis in the eye cavity.

What sports should I avoid when wearing an artificial eye?

To avoid damaging your prosthesis, it is not advisable to engage in combat sports or sports where you are likely to be hit in the face in general.

How long does an ocular prosthesis last?

The lifespan of an ocular prosthesis is at least 6 years, except for children where the change is made according to their growth and therefore on the advice of their ophthalmologist.

Can the ocular prosthesis be displaced?

The prosthesis cannot move or fall out by itself, no matter how much you move your head and eyelids. When it is well centred, it is well placed. However, friction or an external shock can cause it to rotate or fall out, especially if it is too small.