If you’re reading this post you’re probably considering an artificial eye implant. This can be an important life decision so you need to know you’re making the right choice. In this article we’ll consider some of the most common questions about artificial eyes.
#1 How much does an artificial eye cost?
This is one of the most common questions. In the US this can range form anywhere between $3000 to $9000 and can be a little higher for Scleral Shell prosthesis. Because each case is highly unique and depends on a number of factors it is very difficult to identify a general price range.
#2 How frequently should I change my artificial eye?
Your first artificial eye should last approximately 12 months after initial surgery before you need to replace it. After this initial period of adjustment a new artificial eye should generally be replaced every 3-4 years for optimal use.
#3 How do I care for my artificial eye?
It is recommended to clean your prosthetic eye every 2-3 weeks. It’s very important to ensure your hands are extremely clean before handling your artificial eye.
Its also advisable to get a check up on your eyes health every twelve to eighteen months. If you start to notice your eye starting to produce a discharge its a good sign to get your eye booked in for a check.
#4 What are prosthetic eyes made from?
These days artificial eyes are not typically made of glass. Rather they are spherical implants that are made from hard plastic acrylic.
#5 Can you see with a prosthetic eye?
Unfortunately vision cannot be restored from a prosthetic eye. After removing the natural eye and implanting the artificial eye you will not have any sight from the affected eye.
#6 Does a prosthetic eye hurt?
Generally within the first 3 days of surgery patients experience symptoms such as swelling, nausea and pain. Eyelids will be stitched together for around 2 weeks following the initial surgery. Usually a few months after initial surgery you will be fitted with a prosthetic eye.
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