We have often heard about artificial eyes without really knowing enough about them, as they don’t really mean much to most people. But those who were subject to severe injuries or diseases to one of there eyes ought to know about this important subject, as they did not only lost their eyesight in that eye, but also lost an important element: the overall normal look and size of their face, which can be a cause of a lot of discomfort, embarrassment, social anxiety, and in some cases depression.
The latest technological advancements in eye care addresses this problem by introducing artificial eyes which have the potential to have the identical look and dimensions as the other seeing eye. By taking a physical imprint of the original seeing eye, a custom build is done with the same degree of whiteness and the same pigmentation of the iris such that the manufactured eye is identical to the other eye. An artificial eye user is able to use it on a continuous basis, even during sleep, as well as being able to practice any sport even physical ones.
In many cases, inserting an artificial eye does not need surgical intervention especially if the size of the injured eye is a good fit, but in some instances, surgery is needed to prepare the eye cavity to properly insert the artificial eye.
It is also worth noting that the degree of movement of the artificial eye is enough for it to be unnoticeable to others. In this regard, artificial eye has truly provided a quick and easy solution for many people who were in dire need of a boost in confidence and social integration.
Dr. Walid M. Abdalla MD, FRCS
Head of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Oculoplasty Unit (Plastic Eye Surgery)
Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow