Common Questions About Prosthetic Eyes

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There has been significant advancement in the development of prosthetic eyes in recent years. Whether an individual loses an eye from disease, a congenital condition, or an accident or injury, prosthetic eyes are a solution that can provide a natural appearance and improved quality of life.

There are many different types of prosthetic eyes and to select the best for your needs, you should know more about each type and how they are used. For a better understanding of prosthetic eyes in general, here are some answers to frequently asked questions that you may have about artificial eyes.

What Is A Glass Eye?

A glass eye is an artificial eye prosthesis made from glass. They were common many decades, even centuries ago, but are no longer as effective as the acrylic type that has largely replaced them. Acrylic prosthetic eyes are far more durable than glass eyeballs and far safer. Although glass eyes still exist, they are not commonly used as an ocular prosthetic. Plus, acrylic eyes have a more natural look and feel compared to glass eyes.

At James H Morphett, we specialise in advanced prosthetic eyes that offer a more natural look and feel compared to traditional glass eyes.

What Types of Prosthetic Eyes Are Available?

Prosthetic eyes come in many different types. In addition to glass, there are also acrylic prosthetic eyes and ocular prosthetic eyes. Acrylic is preferred as it can be customised easily and is favoured because of its durability. Regardless of your choice, you must have the right type of eye prosthetic to fit your needs.

How Is A Prosthetic Eye Made?

There are several steps required to create a prosthetic eye. The process begins when an impression of the eye socket is made by the ocularist. The purpose of this is to ensure the prosthetic eyeball fits correctly. The next step is the sculpting and painting of the prosthetic. This is required to make the prosthetic eye closely resemble the remaining eye.

At James H Morphett, our highly experienced ocularists use the latest techniques and materials to create high-quality prosthetic eyes that are tailored to each individual.

How Is A Prosthetic Eye Fitted?

The Ocularist will take an impression of the eye socket to ensure that function and comfort are optimal with the new eye. It may require several appointments as the ocularist adjusts the prosthetic eye so that the fit is snug but not so tight that it becomes painful to wear. Once fitted, it is vital to schedule follow-up appointments for further adjustments if required.

How Do You Care For A Prosthetic Eye?

You need to clean your prosthetic eyeball every 4-6 weeks and visit your ocularist regularly for ongoing maintenance. The cleaning procedure is straightforward. We recommend readily available hard contact lens cleaning solutions to remove anything building up on the prosthetic eye.

To keep your prosthetic eye in perfect condition, you should attend follow-up appointments regularly for professional maintenance. This may include adjustments and polishing.

At James H Morphett, we provide comprehensive artificial eye aftercare and support for maintaining your prosthetic eye.

What Should You Expect With A Prosthetic Eye?

As is the case with any type of prosthetic device, you will go through a period of adjustment. This may include some level of discomfort at first but that will subside as your eye socket gets used to the new addition it holds. Eventually, you will find that the prosthetic eye will feel natural and comfortable to wear.

With this in mind, it is important to note that you may encounter challenges along the way. You could experience irritation or dryness but proper care and maintenance will help with these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does A Prosthetic Eye Last?

The lifespan of a prosthetic eyeball is dependent on a couple of things. Changes to the eye socket and the level of care the eye prosthesis receives will impact longevity. Generally, you can expect to get up to 7 years of use out of an artificial eye. Your ocularist will alert you to when a replacement is needed provided you follow a schedule of regular check-ups.

Can You See With A Prosthetic Eye?

Vision is not restored with an artificial eye prosthetic. It is intended to provide two primary functions. The prosthetic eye is meant to support the health of your eye socket, while providing you with a natural-looking solution to missing an eye.

How Often Should You Replace a Prosthetic Eye?

Typically, a prosthetic eye will need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. However, if there are significant changes in the eye socket, or if the prostheses get damaged, then it may need replacing sooner. With regular visits to your ocularist, they will guide you on when your prosthetic eye needs replacing.


Your ocular health requires informed decisions, and this is why it is important to understand the different options available in prosthetic eyes and what an ocularist can do to ensure you get the most from your artificial eye. At James H. Morphett, we are committed to providing our patients with personalised care that is second to none. We aim to work with our patients to arrive at the best possible outcome.

Our experienced team is ready to help you with your prosthetic eye needs from your first visit to regular check-ups and maintenance. Contact us today at James H. Morphett to schedule an appointment.