Fitting An Artificial Eye

Your journey to a comfortable and natural-looking artificial eye begins with a consultation with our skilled ocularist. During this session, we'll assess your eye socket, discuss your unique preferences, and establish a personalised treatment plan. We'll then make a precise impression of your socket, which serves as the foundation for crafting a fully customised eye shape in wax for optimal comfort and a natural look.
We meticulously match and hand-paint the iris colour of your artificial eye to precisely replicate your other eye. Generally, the entire process takes 2-3 weeks when you will return for final fitting of your prosthetic eye. We prioritise your well-being with regular follow-up appointments to ensure both comfort and continued natural appearance.

Artificial eye replacement varies depending on factors such as wear and tear, changes in the socket shape, and personal preferences. Generally, individuals with false eyes may consider a prosthetic eye replacement every 5 to 8 years or as needed, under consultation with your ocularist.

While the cost of a prosthetic eye in Australia can vary, residents of NSW and ACT may be eligible for government assistance that can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. We're here to help you navigate these options and find the best fit for your needs. If you qualify for programs like Workcover or the Department of Veteran Affairs, we can assist in coordinating with them.

An ocularist is a professional who specialises in the fabrication and fitting of ocular prostheses, known as artificial eyes for adults or children who have lost an eye due to injury, disease or congenital conditions.

Eye Prosthesis Care

It's essential to clean your artificial eye or cosmetic shell following your ocularists’ instructions. Cleaning of your prosthesis is a simple and quick process. Regular visits to your ocularist for adjustments and examinations will help ensure your health, longevity and optimal fit of your false eye.
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To lubricate your artificial eye, it is recommended to use a sterile, preservative-free artificial tears solution or eye lubricant, which can be purchased over-the-counter at pharmacies. Avoid products with harsh chemicals or preservatives. It is best to consult with your ocularist or eye care professional for personalised recommendations based on your specific needs.

If your artificial eye feels dry and itchy, try using preservative-free artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to alleviate discomfort. If the discomfort persists, consult your ocularist for further guidance. They can assess the fit of your prosthetic and recommend adjustments or additional lubrication strategies to improve your comfort.

For adults, it's generally recommended to have your artificial eye checked by your ocularist every year or two (for children, checkups as recommended by your ocularist). This is to ensure proper fit, comfort, and appearance. Regular check-ups also allow for adjustments, cleaning, polishing and maintenance, helping to address any changes in your eye socket or the eye prosthesis itself.

Artifical Eyes For Children

The most common reasons a child may need an artificial eye include congenital conditions such as anophthalmia and microphthalmia, trauma, or the removal of an eye due to diseases like retinoblastoma, eye loss due to injury or other conditions with artificial eyes, cosmetic and haptic shells.

Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and experiences, addressing any questions or concerns they may have, and supporting their self-confidence. Additionally, arrange regular visits with their ocularist to develop a relationship and for adjustments to help your child feel comfortable and contribute to their positive and supportive experience.