Ocular Prosthetic Care

How to care for and what to expect from your artificial eye

Rules for Ocular Prosthetic Care

We want our patients to have the best experience with their artificial eyes or scleral shells. To ensure the maximum useful lifespan and minimal potential health issues, please follow our recommended guidelines below. 

Do not place the ophthalmic prosthesis (artificial eye/ocular prosthesis) in your mouth—it could lead to choking and/or death.

Do not place/allow ophthalmic prosthesis to come into contact with alcohol of any form. Alcohol will absorb into and cause crazing in the prosthesis which will cause irreparable damage.

If your prosthesis causes pain, remove it and return to your ophthalmologist and/or physician immediately.

Handle with care: Don’t drop, scratch, scrape or throw the prosthesis. Keep away from solvents and chemicals which can be absorbed into prosthesis.

The life expectancy of an ophthalmic prosthesis ranges between 3 and 4.5 years.

An ocular prosthesis can be modified for up to 18 months from the date manufactured.

Ocular Prosthesis should be polished (at a minimum) bi-annually, by a trained professional.

Antonio Alcorta polishing an artificial eye

Antonio L. Alcorta I, Ocularist, BCO BADO, polishing an artificial eye (custom ocular prosthetic) for a patient in Northern California.

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