Where can you usually buy an Artificial Eye?
In the Philippines, there are two places where you can probably get an Artificial Eye.
The first is in an Optometrists or Ophthalmologist's office. Some eyecare practitioners carry ready-made prosthetic eyes in their offices. They're usually readily made, and all you have to do is pick among a group of Prosthetic Eyes which one fits you the most.
Most of the time, patients who needs an artificial eye would ask me things like "How does an Artificial Eye work?", or "Is fitting an Artificial Eye like having a surgery?", etc. Hopefully by the end of this article, I'm able to show how simply getting an Artificial Eye is, and that there is no need to be worried when getting a new one.
What is an Artificial Eye?
An Artificial Eye, or a Prosthetic Eye, is a type of prosthesis commonly used by people who lose their eye due to an accident or an eye disease. The Artificial Eye's primary function is to make it look like the natural eye was never removed.
Another function is to time maintain the shape of your eye socket. People who've had their eyes removed and did not wear any prosthetic eye will notice their eye socket being smaller as the years pass.
How does an Artificial Eye work?
Let's start with getting fitted with an Artificial Eye. The fitting usually does not require surgery, nor is it painful.
For someone who has had their eye removed, an Ocularist will design a Prosthetic Eye that will sit inside the eye socket stably and comfortably—at the same time, making sure that the Prosthetic Eye will look straight and does not rotate more than 45 degrees.
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