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prosteyic eye
An_256678 posted:
My mother has had an eye removed and the doctor has put a prosthetic eye in but it doesn't look like an eye yet. She tells that someone will be painting it to look like the or one. This sounds like a scam to me. I mean, don't they make prosthetic eyes that look like a real eyeball no maintaining involved? If so, do you know where one can be purchased?
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Not a scam!!!

The eye surgeon does the eye removal (enucleation) and makes preparations for the eventual placement of the cosmetic shell. Once the healing is complete, the patient is referred to an ocularist who is responsible for fitting the cosmetic shell and painting it to match the other eye. The operative site needs to heal sufficiently before the cosmetic apparatus can be properly fitted. The ocularist is sort of a cross between a dentist in terms of proper fitting and an artist in matching the two eyes.

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