There are unfortunately situations when an eye should be removed from the eye socket. In these cases, an implant is usually placed into the eye socket after the removal of the eye to compensate for the loss of orbital volume. After the eye socket has healed, a molding is then made to create an ocular prosthetic (glass eye) that fits snugly into the eye socket and resembles the fellow eye.
Polycarbonate lenses should then be worn at all times to protect the fellow eye. The health of the eye socket must be monitored by an oculoplastic surgeon to prevent potential complications. The prosthetic eye is usually cleaned every 6 months to a year and replaced approximately every five years depending on the patient. If you are having problems retaining your prosthetic in your eye you may need a new prosthetic or a socket revision/reconstruction. Our surgeons will discuss your options regarding potential solutions including eye socket surgery.
Contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more about prosthetic eyes and eye socket surgery at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Washington, DC and Chevy Chase, MD.