Yamout Optical Center, the specialist in Artificial Eye in Beirut, Lebanon
This page has been established by occularists to provide relevant information and support
for people who require an artificial eye.
These Days artificial eyes can go unnoticed, which is just what you want. You may even have met someone else with an artificial eye and not even known it.
Such circumstances can leave people feeling a little isolated.
Artificial Eye-making has been practiced since ancient times.
The first ocular prostheses were made by Roman and Egyptian priests as early as the fifth century B.C. In those days, artificial eyes were made of painted clay attached to cloth and worn outside the socket.
Making an Artificial Eye 5 STEPS IN 5 DAYS
The impression paste could best be described as cold and yuck but it doesn’t hurt.On the first visit we get a cast of the eye socket. This involves mixing a paste, placing it into a syringe and gently squeezing the paste into the eye socket.
2. Color Matching:
The Iris: Our designers paint an iris and match the color.
The pigments: we use are of natural substances and clear of chemicals.
3. Wax Fit/Shaping:
The prosthesis A plastic shape is derived from the impression. This is fitted in the eye socket and adjustments can be made using wax to ensure the prosthesis is comfortable. The iris is positioned into the plastic shape using wax for alignment. By positioning the iris forward you encourage the eye lids to open, and recessing the iris will close the lids.
4. Scleral Color matching:
The iris is embedded in the white PMMA (Poly(methyl methacrylate) The front surface of the prosthesis is cut back to expose the iris. The sclera (white) of the eye is tinted to match. The veins are created using shredded red cotton.
5. Inserting and removing an eye prosthesis:
The artificial eye is ready for trying. We will teach the client how to insert and remove the eye prosthesis for cleaning. To fit an artificial eye you need to lift up the top lid to create a gap. You insert the prosthesis under the lid. You may need to gently pull the bottom lid down to allow the prosthesis to fall.
While it is possible to finish an artificial eye in four visits, we generally make a fifth appointment. There is usually an adjustment to be made before we are happy.
While we say fifth and final visit we may bring people back if further adjustments are to be made. We also bring people back after a week to ensure the prosthesis has settled in well. And A visit every 6 months , for polishing The Artificial eye can be used for 3 years It is important that if you have any problems with your artificial eye, you should contact us.
What kind of results can I expect?
Results vary from person to person and are dependent on factors such as age, type of surgery and implant, and general condition of the eye socket.
How do I care for my prosthesis?
Artificial eyes are made out of material that will craze (crack) if it comes in contact with alcohol or any chemical product containing alcohol.
The proper way of cleaning the eye is simply washing with warm water and buffing with a soft cloth.
How can I achieve movement of the prosthesis?
Movement is dependent on the implant used by your ophthalmologist and on the type of surgery performed. Some movement is usually possible depending on the condition of the socket.